Whether you’re trying to sell your home, or you’d just like to give it a little facelift, improving curb appeal is one of the most frequent projects that homeowners take on. First impressions are everything, even when it comes to your home. The only problem is, when we think of home improvement, we often think of big-ticket renovation projects that can take a while and cost quite a chunk of change. But what if we told you that you could boost your curb appeal with a few low-budget improvements? Believe it or not, you can! Here are 5 of our favorite cost-effective methods to improve your curb appeal:
Spruce Up Your Mailbox
The first thing people see when they’re driving up to your house is your mailbox. So if yours has already gone through a few coats of paint or has been hit by the snowplow one too many times, consider getting a new one. Pick a mailbox that fits your home’s trimming and style. To really make that mailbox look beautiful, surround it with a bright flower garden. No way that won’t catch the eye of passersby.
New House Numbers
Now this might sound like a very small improvement, but replacing old, cracked, and faded house numbers really does give your home an immediate facelift. Don’t be afraid to go bold with your new numbers either – you want people to see them! Just make sure your new house numbers match your home and then go for it. This is a seriously inexpensive way to add curb appeal as simple house numbers can start as low as $2.00 a number. For a customized plaque, expect to spend between $50 and $100.
It’s a fact that the human eye appreciates symmetry. So give your house a little symmetry by placing matching planters on either side of your front door. Planters are a great way to frame your entry, and you can plant low maintenance plants like ferns, geraniums, or zebra grass for a little bit of added drama.
Paint Shutters, Trim, and Front Door
One of the best ways to give your home a major facelift without spending major cash is to touch up your trim. Trim is often the first thing that shows age. It gets cracked, chipped and weathered, and since it’s typically white, it’s easy to tell. Just buy a couple of cans of paint, cover up those little flaws, and your home will seem brand new again. If you’re looking for something that will really make a statement, then try repainting your front door. Nothing adds curb appeal like a brightly colored front door.
New Gutters and Downspouts
Finally, if you have a few extra dollars to spend, you might want to consider replacing your existing gutters and downspouts. If your gutter system is older, it’s probably suffering from a bit of peeling paint or spots of rust. While this doesn’t mean you’ve done anything wrong, it can convey a feeling of neglect. So check out some new, modern replacement options. There are choices for every price range these days, from snap-fit vinyl gutter systems that don’t require paint, to classy copper systems. A new gutter system will make your home look great, and has the added benefit of keeping your home safe from water damage and erosion.
If you have any questions on how to improve your curb appeal, or you’re looking for a more drastic home improvement option, make sure to get in touch! True Value Home Pro is a full-service home improvement contractor, which means that whatever type of renovation you’re looking for, from a new porch to a kitchen remodel, we can handle it for you. Give our office a call at 616-414-7578, or get your free estimate online today!