Sure, you can hire a landscaper and put a ton of money into your yard, but don’t underestimate what trimming unruly shrubbery and adding some colorful pots of flowers can do. Flower boxes can also add instant charm and symmetry to your home. Consider planting a fast-growing tree for privacy and curb appeal—and you’ll do your part to improve air quality while you’re at it! Adding some fresh mulch or rocks can also give a tired yard a new lease on life.
2. The Front Door (and Garage Doors too!)
A new door handle and fresh coat of paint in a bold hue can give instant personality to your home. There are various apps that let you test out a new color before you commit. One key tip is to consider your siding, roof, and trim colors to ensure overall cohesion. And make sure you do a little research so your project will have lasting results! A cute welcome mat, a chair or two, and a seasonal planter will complete the cheery picture.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget about painting, cleaning or staining your garage doors. Consider adding hardware for a little flair. There are faux hardware kits that have magnetized hinges and embellishments that create a high-end look for under $75.
There are few things more welcoming than golden lights beckoning your visitors to your door. Adding fun new light fixtures can take years off your home’s appearance. Or, simply wash your existing fixtures and sweep away any cobwebs. String lights or solar-powered walkway lights create instant ambiance.
4. House Numbers
This is an area where you can get creative and add some fun. Check online or your local Big Box store for new house numbers in a variety of fonts and finishes. Or, find a local artisan who can create a tile or ceramic plaque for something more one-of-a-kind. Just be sure that whatever you choose, your numbers are easily readable from the road for emergency vehicles.
5. The Mailbox
While a mailbox is largely utilitarian, they can take a beating (think sun, hail, freezing temps…not to mention snowplows!) and make your home look shabby. A new mailbox can add a fresh look to your property. Just make sure you check out the regulations from the US Postal Service so you are compliant.
6. Power Washing
If you’ve used a power washer, you know that there are not many things that offer such instant results! Siding, decks, gutters, driveways, patio furniture—a quick wash with these practically magical instruments can leave things looking new. If you don’t want to invest in one, power washers can be rented from most hardware stores. Just don’t underestimate their power, make sure you start out on a lower speed and work your way up.
7. Make Time for Repairs
Take some time and look at the exterior of your home with fresh eyes. Anything that looks broken or shabby needs attention. A little love can go a long way in making your home look inviting and well cared for.
8. Home Shows, Magazines, and Apps
These days it’s so easy to find inspiration for almost any topic—it’s everywhere we look. If you want color examples, style ideas, or DIY instructions they’re all easy to find. Look to these sources to find what inspires you and then make a plan to recreate it for your home.