Improving your home’s curb appeal does not have to break your budget. Here are some ways to make your home look better without spending much at all.
Paint The Trim
Painting is one of the cheapest ways to improve the exterior appearance of your home, especially if you are talking about just painting the trim.
For the price of a few gallons of paint and some brushes, you can drastically change the look of your home. Just be sure to do all of the needed prep, because this is the key to painting. Ideally, you should be spending as much time prepping as you do painting. With exterior trim, this mainly means scraping off loose paint and protecting adjacent surfaces.
Want to get much of the benefits of trim painting without all of the ladder work? Consider just painting your door a bold color. Don’t be afraid to go with a bright red, green or even a blue door. The results can be striking with very little time involved. Just be sure to consult your HOA before putting brush to wood.
Tip: If you are not good with a ladder or have a multi story home, painting might be best left to a professional.
Plant A Tree
Trees will not only give the front of your home a new look. they can also dramatically increase your homes value.
Mature trees are worth thousands of dollars, but they do not start out that way. Invest now in a $50 tree and in 10 to 15 years, you will see that tree adding a tremendous value to your home. It won’t happen overnight, but if you do it now, you will eventually reap the benefits.
When picking a tree, do your research and choose a tree that works for your climate and time schedule. For example, a slow growing tree like a Live Oak would be great for a home that you plan on living in for the next couple decades. If you plan on only being in your home a few years however, a fast growing Pear or Maple may be a better choice.
Tip: Shop end of season clearance sales for incredible deals on trees.
Do Some Gardening
Where planting a tree is a relatively simple process, gardening for curb appeal may take a little more work and planning. It is worth the effort however, because it is an incredibly cheap way to change the look of your home from the street.
So, just what is involved in gardening?
The first step will likely to be to establish or re-establish your flower beds. These are areas that are easy to let get away from you, so this might involve a bit of effort.
Once you have your flower beds established, pick a variety of plants and flowers that will set off the front of your home. Be creative and do not be afraid to ask for help at the garden center.
Tip: If you do not want to be planting every year, avoid annual flowers.
Pressure Wash The Driveway
Last on our affordable project list is something that is easy to ignore, pressure washing of the drive and sidewalks.
Concrete is porous and it does not take long to become soiled and stained. Pressure washing is an easy solution that will give you back that new concrete look with minimal effort and money. If you want to be budget conscious, rent a power washer for around $50. Think you might need that washer in the future? Invest a little more and buy one for just over 200 dollars.
Tip: Gas pressure washers have greater flow and will always outperform electric models.
Sometimes, home projects involve much more effort than money. If you are looking to make a dramatic difference to your home for you benefit or for resale purposes, you can not go wrong with the ideas above.