Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal with These DIY Projects

It’s often been said that “it’s what’s on the inside that counts.” While this adage rings true for many things, when it comes to your home’s aesthetic, it’s what’s on the inside and the outside that counts. When trying to transform your home into a charming, welcoming place, you mustn’t neglect your home’s curb appeal. Remember, making a lasting, positive impression on your friends, family and all who enter your home begins the moment they set their sights on the outside of your home. Fortunately, making just a few small changes to the exterior of your home can make a huge difference. Here are our favorite DIY tips that’ll have an instant impact and wow your visitors.

Spruce-up your front door

A dirty, paint-peeling, weather-worn door is not the most welcoming way to greet guests. The fix? Some paint, sandpaper (for scraping off old paint), mini paint rollers and brushes, and a Saturday afternoon. This is also a great time to choose a complimentary accent color to infuse a bit of personality to your home, especially if you have neutral-colored siding. For example, adding a robin’s egg blue door to a cottage-style home adds some whimsy, while a red door adds bold sophistication to a colonial style. Tip: Purchase small samples of paint to test colors first before committing to a gallon of paint.

Entryway extra touches

Changing your door’s hardware–door handle, locks, address numbers, and door knocker –is an easy upgrade that’ll bring some polish to your entryway. Keep the finishes consistent for a uniform look; Try oiled-bronze finishes for traditional homes and brushed nickel for modern styles.

Light the way

Swap out your tired, outdated outdoor light fixtures for something fresh and new. Choose a design that matches the style of your house and purchase fixtures that use the same type of mounting you already have to save you time.

Mail Call

Don’t make your mailbox an afterthought in your home’s design. Whether you have a wall-mounted style or one that sits at the end of your driveway, upgrading to a new style adds an instant lift.

Instant Garden

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can easily add flowers and greenery to your front yard. Ready-made potted containers are available at many garden nurseries, or if you’re handy with soil and a trowel, you can plant your own design. Try grouping several containers along your walkway, on your front porch, or on either side of your front door.

Cut back and weed

Spend some time tending to your existing garden beds. Pull out weeds and trim over-grown plants and branches. Adding mulch (or replacing faded, weather-worn mulch) gives garden beds a tidy, finished look.

Remove Dirt and Grime

You’ll be amazed at what a difference power washing your siding can do for the appearance of your home. Years of dirt, rain, and wind can leave a dingy cast to your home. Power washing once a year can breathe new life into your siding. Note: always read the directions carefully to avoid damaging siding.

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