Whether you are getting ready to sell or just moved into your new home you are probably looking for ways to give your home some personality. Even if you have a small budge there are ways to enhance the curb appeal without spending a ton of money.
Pain the front door. A new door color creates a focal point and it allows you to add your personality. If you have a real generic door you may want to replace it with a door that has some unique features. Maybe add a side window if you have room.
Front door replacement ranks third in cost recuperation according to Remodeling Magazine. You might also consider upgrading your garage door. These days there are lots of options for personalizing your garage door. The have kits your can buy to add details and changing the color can make your home look completely unique.
Choose a paint scheme with three colors. According to Houzz.com you should use three colors in your exterior scheme. The field color should dominate; the accent color which makes the doors, shutters and other smaller areas pop; and trim color, for the window and door trim, roof edging, railings and other trim-work.
Shutters and window boxes. You might want to consider adding shutters or window boxes to add some dimension to the front of your home. If you decide to add shutters be sure to research the appropriate style of shutter for your home. You may not find them at a big box store, so check out your local suppliers or even online. Don’t forget to check out vinyl shutters for a low-maintenance option, that goes for window boxes as well.
Upgrade your lighting. Replace those generic, often too small, front lights or the clunky motion detector flood lights with something fitting the style of your home and your design tastes. There are plenty of styles to choose from these days that have motion detection built-in, or dusk to dawn features. This is a very cost-effective way to update your curb appeal.
Plant some color. Replacing some of the old overgrown shrubs with drought tolerant, low maintenance options is certainly the current trend. This is a good way to make your house stand out from your neighbor’s. Don’t forget to add some color when you replant, there are many low maintenance shrub options that will add color if you don’t want to hassle with annuals or perennials. My husband and I just update our front landscaping and eliminated all the lawn with a wonderful variety of low maintenance, drought tolerant shrubs and flowers. Our yard now stands out in the neighborhood, in a good way, and we couldn’t be happier! We did use a landscape architect to help us come up with the basic plan and feel it was money well spent.
If you are working with a tight budget you can still make plenty of changes to the curb appeal of your home, especially if you aren’t afraid to get your hands dirty!