April 4th, 2014 10:45 AM by Jackie A. Graves
dozens of small, inexpensive home improvements that you can do to your house to
add instant curb appeal," said DIY Network. "Adding curb appeal to your house not only
makes it easier to sell, but it also gives your house that nice and finished
a few bucks and a little elbow grease, you'll be standing out front with pride.
your front door
an instant pick-me-up for your curb appeal? Paint your front door. And while
you're at it, spruce up your hardware too. "Your home's front entry is the
focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of
color with paint or by installing a custom wood door,"
said Better Homes and Gardens. "Clean off any dirty spots
around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Your entry
should also reflect the home's interior, so choose a swag or a wreath that reflects your personal style." The
finishing touch: a clean, modern welcome mat.
your light fixtures
tired light fixtures can make a house look, well, old and tired. Changing them
out is an easy fix "that can be found anywhere from $20 and up," said
DIY Network. New light fixtures can modernize your exterior, but remember to
"consider both the style of the light fixtures and the function of them.
You want your light fixtures to be able to adequately light up your entryway to
your house and make it safer. Also, look for light fixtures that have the same
mounting system as the current ones that you have to save yourself some time on
this home improvement project.
your house is still dark at night, adding "low-voltage landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home's
curb appeal while also providing safety and security," said Better Homes
and Gardens. Wiring can get pricey, and solar stake lights that can be found at Target or
Home Depot for just a few dollars apiece to line your walkway.
in the Flowers
some flowers along the walkway or in beds near the front door to introduce some
color and freshness to the exterior of your home. If you're not able to plant
flowers in the ground, "a few container plants placed by the front door or
hung from your porch's ceiling will give your home a friendly, finished
look," said This Old House.
to MSN, one of the cheapest ways to jazz up the look of your yard is by laying
down some mulch. "Mulch will cover up a multitude of sins, and the darker
it is, the more effective it looks," they said. "Mulch makes an area
look freshly landscaped, and it also saves water by reducing runoff and
conserving soil moisture."
on the fence
paint or wood, fading from the sun, and water spots can make a fence look
dowdy. "People don't pay enough attention to fences, but they are the
biggest constructed element in your yard," said MSN.
it's time for a fence refresher, it's easy to do it yourself. MSN recommends
"using a semitransparent stain to even out signs of repairs and to cover
stains and discoloration. Pull together the look of the yard by using that same
stain to upgrade other wood structures on your property, including benches,
rails, decks, steps, sheds and playhouses."
more inspiration, see Front Door.