easy home exterior ideas: curb appeal improvement projects for every budget
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First impressions matter when it comes to real estate. Even if you’re not planning on listing your home for sale anytime soon, it’s nice to give your home a little facelift. Adding a bit of curb appeal to your home doesn’t need to cost a lot of money or take up a bunch of your time. Check out these 12 easy curb appeal ideas to improve the look of your home.

Get a Pressure Wash


Your home will look a million times better after a wash. A good power wash will remove layers of dirt, mold, and mildew from your siding. Don’t forget to power wash the driveway and sidewalk too. This task will improve the look of your home instantly.

Simpson MegaShot Pressure Washer, $329 from Home Depot

Beware: You'll want to pressure wash everything once you start.
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If you don’t want to buy, you can also rent a pressure washer from Home Depot or other local hardware stores.


Paint Your Front Door


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Paint is inexpensive and will refresh the front of your house immediately. Use an eye-catching color that complements your home’s siding. It’s hard to believe that something so simple and quick can make a huge impact on the way your home looks.


Update Hardware


While you are painting your door, consider upgrading the hardware. Once you add a fresh coat of paint to your door, your old, scuffed up hardware will stick out like a sore thumb. Swapping out hinges and doorknobs is an easy DIY project that most people can complete in an hour.

While you are at it, swap out your house number sign. Swapping out junky old street numbers for something fresh and modern will make your home’s exterior look 100 times better.

Royal Home & Hardware 6-Inch Floating Mount House Number, $22.99 from Wayfair

A clean, modern, metallic silver option.
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Update Exterior Lighting


Exterior lights are another easy upgrade you can tackle. Adequately illuminating your entryway not only makes it look more attractive, but it also makes it safer. When shopping for new light fixtures, consider both the style of your home and the function of the lights. To save yourself some time, look for fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones that you have.


Buy a New Doormat


Swap out that old doormat with a new one. Again, one you paint and upgrade the hardware on your door, anything that looks old and worn around it will look even dingier. Doormats brighten an entryway and make guests feel welcome in your home. They are relatively inexpensive and take little effort to replace.

Nineto Wine Design Hope You Called First Doormat, $39+ from Etsy

You can find all sorts of styles online, or get one custom designed.
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Replace Your Mailbox


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A mailbox is like your personal marker on full display at the edge of your driveway. If it’s rusty and falling over, what does that say for the rest of your home? Updating your mailbox is a fast DIY project. Also, chances are you do not have to replace the whole thing. Sometimes you can just replace the box itself instead of the entire post.


Fence in Garbage Cans or a Central AC Unit


Although garbage cans and AC units are necessary, they are eyesores. An inexpensive way to hide these unsightly necessities is to install fencing around them. Putting up a traditional fence is a lot of work, so thank goodness there are intensive vinyl fencing options that are easy to install. Another option is to use die-cut wood and lace wall panels.

Refuge Solid Wood Garbage Shed, $412.99 from Wayfair

Keep your garbage cans under wraps.
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See an affordable DIY version that has two sides to suit your style.


Add Planters


Plants add a pop of color and breathe life into a space. It makes your home look well cared for and lived-in. You don’t need to make it too ornate or complicated. Flank your front door with a pair of planters brimming with seasonal color or add hanging baskets across the front porch.

Fluted Planters, $12-$104 from West Elm

Pick one or cluster multiple sizes.
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Pull Weeds


Tidying up your garden beds will instantly make your yard look neat and attractive. Pull out weeds around your mailbox and around the front of your house. Overgrown weeds give your home an unkempt appearance. And pulling them is satisfying, if hard work.


Mulch Your Plants


Adding mulch to your garden beds will not only give them color and contrast—but it also helps prevent the spread of weeds and keeps the soil moist. So if pulling weeds isn’t on your fun list of things to do, definitely lay down some mulch.


Prune Your Shrubs


Not every shrub needs to be pruned. However, if your shrubs are looking a bit leggy or there are branches spilling into walkways, it’s time for a fresh cut. The good news is that most shrubs respond well to an occasional cut and will look instantly better with a trim.

Go online to find tips for the best way to prune specific shrubs.


Add Landscape Lighting


Add curb appeal to your home, even in the dark! Landscape lights create a stunning visual display, and can also help safely guide visitors to the main entrance. Not need to spend a lot of money on lights or deal with electrical wiring. Try using solar-powered light stakes to illuminate your landscape with ease.

Hampton Bay Low-Voltage Bronze Outdoor Integrated LED Landscape Tiffany Style Path Light, $26.97 from Home Depot

There are also wired options if you're comfortable installing them.
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