17 Ways to Get Instant Curb Appeal for Less Than $100

First impressions matter. Enhance your front yard so people will stop and stare after the first glance. The good thing is, it doesn't have to cost a fortune.

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October 10, 2018

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Eye-Catching Charm on a Small Budget

There are dozens of small, inexpensive home improvements that you can do to up your home's curb appeal. Adding curb appeal to your house not only makes it easier to sell, but it also gives your house that nice and finished look in which you can take pride in. When deciding on which upgrades to make to your house, consider what your house currently looks like and what will look best with it.

Paint the Front Door

Most exterior paint will cost you approximately $30 a gallon. Painting your front door can definitely add some brightness and revive your house. Pick a bold color that makes your house stick out, but make sure to match it to the rest of the colors on your house. Properly prep all surfaces before you paint so you'll get great results that will last for years to come. 28 Inviting Colors to Paint a Front Door >>

Install a New Door Knob

An eye-catching door knob can punch up the design of the front of your house. With a wide range of prices and styles, you have endless options. Today, there are several safety door locks on the market, that have cameras or numerical codes that will unlock the door. If you're into more of a low-tech option, check out this article: Different Types of Front Door Hardware>>

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Add Porch Curtains

Accent your porch with curtains to give the front of your house a dramatic look that will create an outdoor private hideaway. The addition of curtains, will make your front porch an extension of the interiors, giving off a warm and welcoming vibe. Outdoor Curtain Ideas>>

Cheerful Doormat

Well, hello! A cheerful front doormat offers a concise greeting to visitors, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. What better way to greet guests, while also keeping the dirt where it belongs - outside. DIY Wooden Doormat>>

Front Door Mailbox

A front door mailbox is an appealing addition that adds charm and function to a home's exterior. This type of mailbox is simple to install, should take less than an hour to complete. Starting at around $40, it's an inexpensive addition.

Upgrade Your Mailbox

If you have a mailbox at the road, replacing an outdated box can add curb appeal. You can find a new mailbox starting around $20. When you install your mailbox, make sure that you are following the regulations that are set forth in the city that you live in. Plan for at least two hours to complete this project. How to Replace a Mailbox >>

Add Charm with a Front Door Wreath

A new front door wreath can be inexpensively changed from season to season, and adds immense charm to your home's curb appeal. Like this charming front door, seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. How to Make A Fresh Magnolia Wreath>>

Install New House Numbers

If your house has old or faded house numbers on it, purchase some new numbers to spruce up the curb appeal. Try to match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures. Simple house numbers can start at $2.00 for a number or you can look into customized plaques that can cost $50-$100. House Number Design Ideas>>

DIY Wooden Shutters

To greatly enhance the exterior of your home, DIY wooden shutters will do the trick. To warm up the color palette of your exterior you can use a dark wood stain or paint the shutters an eye-catching color. Make Your Own Shutters>>

Install a Porch Swing

A cozy wooden porch swing adds a spot to relax outside, while also enhancing your curb appeal. Porch swings can be found at antique stores for a discounted price. Before purchasing a new porch swing, be sure to measure your space. How to Install a Porch Swing>>

Plant a Tree

Planting a tree is one of the most common ways to add curb appeal to your house. Before you plant a tree, consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect your house. If you have enough space, try planting two trees to frame your house or your entryway. How to Plant a Tree Like a Pro >>

Door Knocker

A lovely welcome and front door adornment is a unique door knocker. This addition can be an inexpensive way to elevate the charm of your front door.

Add Outdoor Furniture

By adding seating space, your home will overflow with charm. Porch furniture can be found at antique or second hand stores, can easily be painted and with the addition of fresh cushions, will look like new. Clever Ideas for Repurposing Furniture>>

Potted Plants

Added greenery brings color and appeal to any front porch. Bringing a few potted plants to your home's exterior can dramatically enhance the look of your home. How to Make a Wooden Planter>>

Replace Exterior Lighting

When buying new exterior light fixtures, consider both the style of your home and the function of the lights. You want them to be able to adequately illuminate your entryway and make it safer. Look for fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones that you have to save yourself some time. Exterior light fixtures can be found anywhere from $20 and up. Check salvage shops, you might be able to find vintage lighting to match the age and look of your home. This front porch seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper is a great example of lovely exterior lighting.

Landscape Lighting

Landscape lights bring curb appeal to your home at night time. They not only create a stunning visual display, but also help safely guide visitors to the main entrance. 22 Landscape Lighting Ideas>>

Install Flower Boxes

If your house is lacking color, try adding flower boxes. Install them on the front porch railings as well as below the windows. Window boxes are relatively cheap or you can DIY them in an afternoon. The flowers and soil may actually cost you more than the box, and remember, you have to maintain the flowers to actually add curb appeal. If you rather not add flower boxes to your house, then consider buying some container gardens in pots and placing them on your front steps or porch. How to Build a Window Box >>

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