Spring is the perfect time to turn the focus from your home’s interior to your home’s exterior. When warmer weather arrives we tend to spend more time outside, grilling out, working in the garden or just relaxing on our deck. Just like your wardrobe needs updating with the changing of the seasons, your home’s exterior also needs seasonal spruce ups.
Adding curb appeal to your home is a great way to generate a well-kept and welcoming exterior view. Have you ever pulled up to a home for the first time and looked forward to seeing the inside after being completely wowed by the outside? That’s the power of curb appeal.
Fortunately, adding curb appeal doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands of dollars. There are many ways to give the exterior of your home a makeover that won’t cut into your summer fun budget.
Here are 8 budget friendly ways to pump up the curb appeal at your home:
1. Perform a front lawn audit. First things first, you’ve got to assess the situation. Just like you purge your closet seasonally, you need to purge the exterior of your home. There can be too much of a good thing when it comes to lawn ornaments and decorations. Take a “before” photo of the exterior of your home. Then remove all the chotskies outside: garden flags, yard gnomes, bird baths, wind chimes, etc. and take an “after” photo. Add one item back at a time over the course of a week and decide which ones you can eliminate.
2. Give your mailbox a makeover. The mailbox often gets overlooked, but it is an integral part of your home’s curb appeal. Consider replacing your mailbox with a new one or, if yours is in relatively good shape, give it a fresh coat of paint and add new vinyl address numbers, easily found on Etsy.
3. Lay down fresh mulch. A bag of mulch will set you back just a few bucks. There’s something about putting down fresh mulch that signals spring and makes flowers and shrubs pop.
4. Paint your front door. When was the last time you painted your front door? It’s a great way to add a pop of color and visual interest. Searching for the perfect color? It’s OK to drive around your neighborhood and take notice of the front door color schemes that really look best with your home’s exterior, whether it is brick, siding, etc.
5. Add a seating area. Speaking of color, consider adding a couple of rocking chairs or adirondack chairs in fun colors to your front porch. If you live in a farmhouse or home with an expansive porch such as a 1930s or 1940s bungalow, consider adding a porch swing or installing a bed swing made from vintage materials.
6. Change out your porch light. Your porch light should be bright and welcoming. Replacing your porch light with a fresh and modern fixture can add great visual appeal. Brass fixtures used to be very popular, but now tend to look dated. Repainting them is a quick and budget friendly way to update them.
7. Purchase a new welcome mat. Winter is hard on welcome mats. You can pick up a fun new fresh doormat for less than $20 at discount stores or online. Pinterest is also a great resource for DIY ideas for creating your own unique welcome mat.
8. Add visual interest with container gardening. Are you afraid to take the first step in container gardening? The next time you’re at a local hotel or resort or restaurant and you see a flower pot filled with a beautiful assortment of greenery and flowers, snap a photo and then take it directly to your neighborhood garden center. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel. There are a lot of classic combinations, such as trailing ivy and impatiens, that look beautiful in front porch containers. Pinterest is once again a helpful resource for classic container gardening combos that are tried and true.
Have you taken a step back and looked at your home from the viewpoint of a passersby? Make your home as welcoming on the outside as it is on the inside. We'd love to hear any other tips for freshening up the exterior of your home in the comments below!