Want to give your home a cost effective face lift? Just follow these inexpensive steps to enhance the curb appeal of your house.
Over time, weather and wear on your home creates a buildup of dirt, pollen, and water stains. Power washing is a simple way to give your house a bath. Wash away the dirt and stains to make your house look like it was freshly painted. If you are handy, you can rent a power washer from the hardware store for under $100. If you are not so handy, you can hire someone to do it for a couple hundred dollars.
Paint Front Doors, Shutters and Trim
Your front door is the focal point of your house. Painting it a new color that compliments the rest of the house draws one’s eyes to it and makes your house feel more inviting. Giving your shutters and trim a fresh coat of paint will brighten up and revive the outside of your home making it pop. All of this should cost less than $100 if you do it yourself.
Replace Old Gutters
After years of water running through them, snow piling up on them and the sun beating down on them, your gutters break, dent and rust. Aluminum gutters are fairly inexpensive. You can buy a package that contains all the hardware and 25 pieces of 5 feet gutters for around $100 at your local hardware store. Vinyl gutters are more expensive though they are more durable and will ultimately last longer.
Replace Old Hardware
House numbers, door locks, door knobs and mailboxes are also easily replaced at a low cost and will give your house that polished look. Make sure to use the same finish. Oiled bronze will give your house the traditional feel. For more contemporary homes, brushed nickel is a good choice.
Fix Cracks in Driveway
Unless it’s dirt or gravel, normal wear and tear in addition to weather conditions will produce cracks and breaks in your driveway. Fix them as they arise to avoid more serious and costly repairs in the future.
As an inexpensive way to add lighting to the front of your house, purchase small solar lamps that stick into the ground. Because they are powered by the sun, there is no need for electricity. Align them along your walkway on each side to illuminate the pathway to your front door. The extra lighting will also provide added safety and security at night.
Planters, Flowers and Mulch
One of the most common ways to add curb appeal is to plant colorful flowers, add mulch around trees and garden beds and add planters to your walkway or doorstep. Come up with a design by looking through gardening and landscaping magazines. Visiting your local garden center will give you an idea of the different types of plants, flowers and mulch that is available. You can also come up with a budget by pricing things out beforehand.
Upkeep is a very important part of maintaining the curb appeal of your house. Cut the grass, trim the bushes, pull weeds and clear dead foliage on a regular basis. If not every week, make it a point to upkeep your yard at least every two weeks. Set a day when you will have at least a couple of hours to dedicate to the outside beauty of your home. Gardening and yard work can also be very therapeutic!