Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply want to increase its appeal for your own enjoyment, updating your home’s interior is only half the battle; we can’t forget about your home’s exterior now, can we? The exterior is like the cover of a book in that it’s what everyone is going to see first before they even take a look inside. Setting the scene and creating an inviting experience is especially important if you’re looking to put your home on the market.
Here are some budget-friendly ways to get the most out of your home’s curb appeal!
When was the last time you washed your car? Now, when was the last time you washed your house? While our first reaction to home cleaning might be to dust and vacuum, you shouldn’t neglect your home’s exterior! In fact, sometimes a simple cleaning is all it takes to completely transform the look of your house.
Use a power washer (or use the strongest nozzle setting on your garden hose) to clean your driveway, sidewalk, windows, and fence. If your home exterior is grimy, you can use the power washer to wash away some of the dirt—just be careful to avoid windows and doors (or any other area with caulking).
Check out this post on how you can clean your windows like a professional!
If you think your front door decreases curb appeal, you don’t have to splurge on a completely new replacement. Sometimes, something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can make your home seem extra inviting. To go beyond a new paint job, you can also add decorative molding to create more of a grand entrance.
If you have a screen door in the front of your home (or on any side, really), take a look at what state it’s in. If the screen has a lot of rips and holes from the kids or your pets, you might want to consider replacing the screens. You can either hire someone or do it yourself!
Adding new metal numbers and/or seasonal décor like a wreath can also go far to freshen up appearances.
Landscaping can get expensive if you want to go all-out. If you just want to make some minor tweaks, though, it’s easy to have a little go a long way! Planting a tree, for instance, can cost as little as $20. Window boxes are another quick and easy way to add some color to your windows! Planting flowers in your flower beds or even in pots on your front porch will help bring some life to your home exterior!
Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. When she’s not spending her days at work writing, reading, and drinking coffee, she’s usually at home reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She also devotes a fair amount of time to HGTV, drawing, and doting on her dog. As a creator, Sarah believes in emphasizing personality through design and DIY projects.