First impressions do count, especially when it comes to the appearance of your home. With this in mind, it is essential that you give your front yard the necessary improvements it needs to make people stop and stare the moment they first laid eyes on your home. The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of fortune to do this.
Here are some tips that you can do to give your curb an instant makeover if you are on a budget:
Tip 1: Paint your door, shutters, or trims. Exterior paints do not cost more than $30 per gallon. This is great news for all homeowners in a budget. This means that you can give your curb a different look and appeal with the smallest amount of money possible. Repainting the exterior of your home will definitely make it look more fresh. It will revive the energy in your house and will surely give a good first impression to whoever is visiting your home. When picking a new exterior paint, make sure that it still matches the interior of your home. Pick a bold color as this will make your house stand out. Before repainting your curb, make sure that you have done the necessary steps to prepare the surface to achieve the greatest result possible.
Tip 2: Upgrade your mailbox. If you already have a mailbox attached to your home or a mailbox by the road, then it is time you give it a different look and appeal to improve the entire look of your curb. If you don’t have a mailbox yet, then it is time you have one installed. A new mailbox can cost you a minimum o $20. Installing a new mailbox does not take much of your time. Replacing a mounted mailbox on your home does not take more than an hour to be removed and replaced. A mailbox by the road side may take at least two hours to be completed. Make sure that you plan ahead to avoid any inconveniences. Before you install your new mailbox, make sure that you are not violating any regulations in your city or community.
Tip 3: Replace your old house number. If your house number is holding on to dear life, then it is time to purchase new numbers to bring it to life. The same goes for house numbers that are faded and old. A new house number will definitely make your curb look new and fresh. When buying a new set of numbers for your home, make sure that they match up to the exterior of your house. The cost of a new house number can start from $2, for simple house numbers, up to $100, for customized plaques.
Tip 4: Grow a tree. One of the most common ways that you can do to give your curb a different appeal is planting a tree. You can either buy a tree of ask for one from your friends or relatives. However, before looking for a tree to plant and grow, make sure that you have determined how big it should be as it will dictate which type of tree to plant. If your front yard is big enough for a big tree, you can try planting a pair of trees to frame your entryway.
Tip 5: Install new exterior lighting. Installing new lights outside your house will give your house a new light. But, before you run to the store and buy a new set of exterior lights for your house, make sure that you consider the look of the exterior of your house and the function that it should do. You want a light that is bright enough to illuminate your entryway. It should also be bright enough that your home will be safer from robbers and other inconveniences. If you already have an exterior lighting, make sure that the new ones you buy will be of the same mounting as your current one. This will make sure you avoid unnecessary expenses. This will also save you time when installing the new ones. A new set of exterior lights can be bought from $20 and up. Salvage shops are good to find vintage lighting, which will give your curb a vintage look and appeal.
Tip 6: Add flower boxes. If you think your curb looks too plain and dull, then you can spice the color up with flower boxes. You can have these flower boxes installed on the railings of your front porch. You can also have these below your windows. Installing a flower box is relatively cheap, especially if you install a window flower box. The soil and flower that you put in the box may come more expensive than the installation itself. If installing a garden box and buying soil and flower sounds expensive, then you should consider buying garden pots, which you can put on your front steps or your porch.