Home DIY projects can be fun, and are often even more fun when the finished product has a lasting impact on the visual attractiveness of your home. Simple improvements to the outside of a home can increase curb appeal, home value, and pride in ownership. The following are a few tips that have been found to spice up the outside of your home for $50 or less.
1. Paint the front door.
A front door that matches, or blends into the facade of your home can be boring. One way to brighten the entrance to your home is by painting the door a color that coordinates with, but still stands out against, your home’s color. Bright blue and red can be great options for a front door because they draw attention to your home and help to give it a fun, attractive, and welcoming facade.
Cost: $25 for a gallon of paint, plus a few hours of your time.
2. Jazz up the mailbox.
After the front door, a mailbox is another awesome place to use color. A simple can of spray paint will do the trick in this case. Just like in the case of the front door, paint the mailbox a color that contrasts with but still coordinates with your home’s primary color. You can also attach new house numbers to the mailbox in a contrasting color for even more visual appeal.
Cost: Around $20 to $30 for a new mailbox and $5 for a can of spray paint
3. Add porch furniture.
If your home has a nice front porch, you can really add to your home’s appeal by adding a porch swing, rocking chairs, or other furniture. While new porch furniture can be expensive, buying used furniture or repairing old furniture is a great way to make your home more appealing and functional while staying on budget.
Cost: $20 to $40 for furniture, and $10 to $20 for a can of paint to touch it up.
4. Decorate with potted plants.
Green plants and healthy flowers can really add attractiveness to your home. While some prefer to have homes with well-kept landscaping, potted plants can add just as much to a home without the work of maintaining a large garden or landscaping project. Place large pots near the steps or your front door, or hang plants from the roof of the porch. Save money on pots by spray painting cheaper terra cotta pots, or purchase second hand pots.
Cost: $20 to $50, plus time devoted to watering and upkeep of the plants.
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