Ever since we could remember, we have always been told that it is what’s on the inside that matters; however if we will be talking about your home, the outside definitely matters too. An ugly exterior is certainly not a very pleasing sight to see, while if you have a nice looking exterior is truly fulfilling and inspiring.
That first paragraph may have kept you thinking on what to do with your exterior to make it look amazing. Then you will be thinking, how much it would cost and how long it will take to complete the project. The good news is we have an amazing list of easy to do home improvement projects without burning a hole in your pocket. Some of the upgrades are DIY and most are budget-friendly shortcuts like reusing old stuff or opt to use high-quality replicas instead of expensive materials and as always, ingenuity and creativity would be your major equity.
Clean the yard.
Some of the things you need to make your home into a charmer are just your mower and muscles. You have to clean your yard and cut all the weeds and trim the overgrown bushes. Arrange planters, collect the dead leaves and sweep the steps. Cleaning your front yard will definitely boost your curb appeal and it will not cost a dime.
Landscaping it after cleaning is another great idea, if you have mature trees in the front yard you can surround it with boxwoods and then plant in it, rose for an elegant walkway without overwhelming it. You may also add lighting in your pathway to make it easier to get around at night and it also accentuates it.
Don’t forget the garage door.
According to a remodeling magazine’s report on which home improvement project makes more impact and generates highest return of investment, it is the garage door replacement. Having a nice looking garage door that compliments your home’s architectural design increases you home’s curb appeal and its value. But if your door is still in perfect condition, no need to have it replaced instead just update it with a new paint job or add lighting and other accessories.
Update the front porch.
For the porch, you may accent it with a molding clad in PVC to make it durable. You can also opt for simulated stone columns which are a smart way to add a sophisticated and refreshing look to your porch that is budget-friendly. Simulated stone columns come in many different designs and color that would match with your home’s current architecture. Its lightweight medium density polyethylene material makes it easy to install and it can also withstand severe weather that will look good for many years to come.
In decorating the porch, the best idea would be to keep it simple and clutter-free. Provide minimal seating to allow enough room to walk around. You can add color to your porch by placing trellis of flowers or paint it with a nice color that is in contrast with the rest of the colour of the porch.
Front porch flooring. If you have concrete floors, you may try staining it to make it to look interesting instead of having it in the usual gray. If the floor is made of wood, stain wood decking will make your porch come alive, especially if you stain it with deep brown or terra cotta color.
Beautify the front door.
This is your home’s entry point and is the focal point of its exterior appeal. Give it the most attention to make it gorgeously appealing. Paint it with a color that would stand-out from the rest of the color of the house. You can also install a custom-made door for a more elegant look, and don’t forget to keep it clean and wipe off any dirty spots. This entry to your home will reflect the homeowner’s personality and the home’s interior.
Replace worn out mailbox and house number. If your mailbox and your house number are already falling off and look worn and torn, it’s about time to replace it and place something that would add aesthetic appeal to your home. Outdated and dingy hardware outside your home will ruin the look you want to achieve.
Install stylish windows. Another great but simple idea to add to your exterior upgrade is to make windows shine and sparkle and let the natural light in. But if you want to replace old and broken windows there are a lot of options that could add a stylish touch to your home. Make sure the design of the window you are going to install would match to the design of your home.
Kristy Jones – I am a DIY type of gal with a lot of experiences in architecture, crafts and basic house renovations. I love writing on my personal blog, biking, bonding with friends and, most especially decluttering things at home for fun. Currently, I am working as an office staff at A Click Away Remotes. I just want to focus on the growth of my career.