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Curb Appeal: 8 Simple Weekend Projects

by Ryan Cox on Jun 22, 2016
Need to add some curb appeal? Here are 8 simple weekend projects that will add visual interest to your home.

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Almost every homeowner wants more curb appeal, but few want to spend weeks (or even months) fixing up the exterior. Fortunately, there are ways to get fast and inexpensive curb appeal in just a few days.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy project to keep your whole family busy this weekend, consider these simple curb appeal projects.

>  Paint the Front Door: There’s no rule that says your door has to be a bland, ordinary color. (Unless, of course, you live somewhere with HOA regulations.) Add a bright pop to your home by painting the front door a color that’s complementary to your home’s exterior color. If you aren’t sure what color to pick, consider looking at a color wheel—find your house color and look on the opposite side to see what will add the best contrast.

>  Install New Lights: An appealing home by day can turn dark and forbidding at night. With the right lighting, you can enjoy curb appeal no matter what it is. Solar-powered walk lights, new porch fixtures, or even an old-timey decorative street lamp can make all the difference.

>  New Mailbox and Address Numbers: If your mailbox is looking a little worse for wear, now is a good time to upgrade it. If you’ve always had a box affixed to your home, consider an exterior box that reaches out over the sidewalk (or vice versa). Shiny new house numbers to match can go a long way in making your home appear better overall.

>  Consider Symmetry: There’s something appealing about a home that’s in perfect balance. Two large potted plants flanking your doorway, a pair of stone lions, or even lighting fixtures on either side of the door change the feeling of your home without requiring much work.

>  Outdoor Seating: Consider adding a bench, porch swing, or other seating fixture to your front porch. Not only can a beautiful piece serve as decor, but your home will look more inviting if there’s an outdoor living component to it. This can be especially helpful if you’re trying to stage a home for sale.

> Flower Boxes and Window Shutters: Putting up window shutters and/or installing flower boxes might be one of the more time-consuming tasks on this list, but they’re also the most effective. Add color, charm, and functional appeal while increasing the overall value of your home.

>  Paint the Fence: Is your fence looking a little worse for wear? Installing a new one can be expensive, but even older, sagging fences look good in a new coat of paint. If you’d rather not tackle such a big project, you can also just install a prettier gate at the front entry.

>  Put in Garden Boxes: It’s a new trend for homeowners to go green by growing food, not yards. Cover up unsightly grass by putting in garden boxes instead of a lawn. Even if you don’t manage to get anything planted this year, a nicely tended garden box surrounded by gravel walkways can look much better than dead, patchy grass.

Of course, you could also just do a general clean and sweep of the front walkway. Picking up yard debris, raking old leaves, and trimming back bushes can go a long way to making your home look new again.

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