8 cheap and easy ways to improve your home’s curb appeal

Make that all-important first-impression! Whether you’re getting ready to sell your house, or just want to spruce the place up, there are several easy and cheap ways to improve your home’s curb appeal.

When it comes to improving the look of your home’s exterior, a little bit of time and money goes a long way. Small changes can make a huge impact when it comes to curb appeal.

Easy and Cheap Ways To Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Paint the front door

If you want to do just one thing to improve your home’s curb appeal, this simple project should be at the top of your list! You don’t need any unique skills, it’s easy peasy, and it can totally transform the look of your home.

You can paint your door a bright color that pops (but make sure it coordinates with your house color).

You can paint it brown for a “wood” look.

Or go with black or dark gray. I know what you’re thinking. A black door? But if you’re getting ready to sell, this might be the ticket. Check this out:

Zillow found that on average, houses with black or charcoal gray front doors sold for as much as $6,271 more than expected.”1

Need a little guidance? This tutorial from the DIY Network to help you from start to finish.

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Update your house numbers

Here’s another super simple way to change the feel of your home’s exterior. A cedar or painted background really makes house numbers stand out, plus it adds charm and style. Use a modern look with clean lines for an updated look.

Clean up and add color to landscaping

Overgrown landscaping can detract from an otherwise attractive exterior. Trim shrubs and trees, pull weeds, and thin overgrown plants to create a clean and simple look. Add in a splash of color with a few bright flowers, and you’ll be amazed at how much better it looks.


Add a fresh layer of mulch

If you have mulch in your flower beds and landscaping, adding a new layer adds color and instantly creates a new, fresh look. It’s like accessorizing your lawn.

Not sure what color mulch to use? Brown and black mulch are almost always a safe bet. Be more cautious with red mulch. Whatever color you choose, make sure it compliments your home’s exterior color.

Plant a tree

Adding a tree is a cheap and easy way to add interest and color to the exterior of your home. Trees continue to add value to the house for years to come. As they grow, they provide shade, privacy, and the serenity of nature itself.

When deciding what tree to buy, consider the size of the tree in a few years. Even though the tree is small today, it’s not a good idea to plant a tree with 50-foot potential too close to the home.

Replace existing outdoor lights

Lighting can improve the look and feel of the exterior more than you think. Updating your existing outdoor lights is easy and relatively cheap to do.

Smaller outdoor lights can be purchased for as little as $25-$50 each. Make sure new lights are bright enough to do their job, but also try to coordinate a modern style with the style of your home.

Add a seating area

Having a place to sit in front of your house creates an inviting, relaxed feel and, as a result, improves your home’s overall appeal. Even something as simple as a small chair can add color and interest, and also create a pleasant, comfortable feeling as people walk up to your front door.

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Add hardware to garage doors

If you have dull or dated garage doors, adding hardware (or updating old hardware) will dress up your home’s exterior. A variety of reasonably priced garage hardware kits are widely available. And if you have a steel garage door, you can even purchase magnetic hardware.

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There you have it! 8 simple ways to drastically improve the curb appeal of your home. Do one or do them all. You’ll be amazed at the difference.

Whether you’re selling or buying a home, the process can feel intimidating and overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to. At Coluzzi Real Estate, we answer all your questions and simplify the process. We’re here for you every step of the way. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today!

1. Paint Your Front Door This Color and Your Home Could Be Worth $6,000 More


About the Author:

Amanda has lived in the Des Moines area since 1999, where she and her husband have bought and sold a handful of homes over the years, including a recent flip. Amanda enjoys writing, obsesses about personal finance and is fond of looking at houses. She loves sharing useful tips and info to make life easier for anyone wanting to buy or sell a home. In her spare time, Amanda cherishes time with her family, volunteers with IHYC, gardens, hikes, and practices TaeKwonDo. You can read more of her writing at whywemoney.com