Very often, we seem to find ourselves perusing the isles of home décor stores, searching for the next color scheme for the bathroom, kitchen, or living room. But what about the outside of our homes? If you’re finding that your outdoor space could use a facelift, we’ve got a few budget-friendly curb appeal ideas for you to use.
1. Paint the Front Door
Your outdoor spruce up might be as simple as changing the color on your front door. Having a freshly painted door can set off a new look to your entire outdoor space. Be bold and try a color that stands out, such as teal, red, purple, or green.
What You’ll Pay: You can get a gallon of paint for as little as $25 at your local hardware store. If you want to add some extra glam, consider replacing your house numbers, too – which will usually run around $4 each.
2. Upgrade the Mailbox
Replacing your mailbox might not sound like a big deal, but you’d be surprised at the difference it can make. Choose one that reflects your home’s personality, or decorate your current mailbox. You can repaint the wood post or plant some flowers around it to bring in pops of color.
What You’ll Pay: It depends. An extra-fancy mailbox can be a bit pricey, but something sweet and simple can run as little as $20. A can of paint and a flat of annuals will be around the same.
3. Brighten Up the Windows
Cleaning the windows inside and out can make your home sparkle with added curb appeal. From the outside, you can spray them down with a garden hose first, then use a sponge to wipe them with warm water and detergent. If your windows are a bit higher, a long-handled brush will do the trick.
What You’ll Pay: If you’re washing the windows yourself, you’ll pay almost nothing – with the exception of purchasing a long-handled brush, if needed.
4. Ditch the Dirt
Check out your porch, walkway, and driveway. It’s probably been a while since you’ve given them a good rinse. Use your garden hose to wash off dirt and debris. (Using a power washer is an option, too, but most likely not necessary.) Just turn your hose to its strongest setting and spray away.
What You’ll Pay: Little to nothing, if you stick with the hose. Renting a power washer will cost you anywhere between $40-$75 for the day.
5. Show Your Lawn Some Love
It may be that your lawn just needs a bit of TLC. Be sure to mow the grass regularly and trim the weeds. If you’re looking for a quick green fix – as in, maybe you’ve decided to throw a last-minute outdoor party – you can actually purchase nontoxic lawn spray paint for a lush look.
What You’ll Pay: You can mow and trim at no cost (if you already own a lawnmower, of course). If you opt for the lawn spray paint, you can usually get a quart for around $30 and a sprayer for $20.
6. Replace Outdoor Lighting Fixtures
It might be time for some lighting fixture upgrades outside of your front door. Or, maybe adding some solar lighting along your driveway. These quick fixes can brighten up your outdoor space for very little cost.
What You’ll Pay: Like the mailbox, this cost can vary depending on your personal preferences and style. However, simple wall-mounted exterior lights are fairly inexpensive, running about $30 each.
Incorporate some of these fun, inexpensive curb appeal ideas when you’re ready to give your outdoor space a makeover. And if you’re looking for some ideas to spruce up the backyard, check out our tips here.