Your home’s exterior is the key to making a good first impression, especially when it comes to attracting potential home buyers. Looking to improve your curb appeal? Focus on improvements to your landscaping, front porch and any other features that can be seen from the street.
We’ve compiled the best curb appeal-boosting project ideas to fit any budget and skillset.
16 Curb Appeal Tips and Ideas
4 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal on a Budget
Have a limited budget for home improvements? There are several simple ways to boost your home’s curb appeal without breaking the bank.
1. Add potted plants
Show some personality with potted plants and hanging baskets on your front porch. Colorful flowers with a pop of green can go a long way in catching a potential buyer’s eye. Find more budget-friendly gardening ideas here.
2. Update house numbers
Give your home a modern look by trading your old stick-on house numbers for trendy metallic numbers or a wooden address sign. You can make your own, grab new numbers from your local hardware store or even find affordable custom signs on Etsy. This is a small update that makes a big impact, while also making your address easier to read from the street.
3. Install outdoor lighting
One of the easiest ways to make your home stand out from the street is to light it up appropriately. A new sconce by the front door, uplighting on your home or solar-powered path lights along your walkway will bring warmth to the front of your home for a low cost and minimal effort.
4. Upgrade your mailbox
Whether it’s at the street or attached to your home, a worn-out mailbox can make a bad first impression. Add curb appeal by switching out your old mailbox with a shiny new one. You can put decorative house numbers on the mailbox or plants around the post as a finishing touch.
4 Big Investment Ways to Improve Curb Appeal
If you’re working with a larger budget, consider these curb appeal project ideas that will also increase the value of your home.
5. Repave or replace your driveway
A rocky, uneven driveway is an eyesore. Replacing your driveway will not only improve the appearance of your property, but it will also boost your home’s value. If the driveway is in moderate condition, repaving it is a less expensive option, though repairs can often cause color disparities.
6. Update your home’s exterior finish
One of the biggest ways you can improve curb appeal is to replace your siding, paint your home or invest in masonry updates. While this is an investment project, it will help pay for itself with a higher resale value.
7. Replace your garage door
An old, beat-up garage door can really reduce your curb appeal. Consider replacing or repainting your garage door to give it a fresh look. Adding windows or carriage door accents will further improve the look of your home.
8. Fix up your roof
The roof is your first line of defense in protecting your home from water damage, but a worn-out roof can also hurt the overall appearance and resale value of your home. Inspect your roof for missing, cracked or peeling shingles, and fix up any damaged patches. If you’re noticing moss buildup or your roof is more than 20 years old, you may consider replacing the shingles or investing in a new roof before putting your home on the market.
4 Curb Appeal Ideas for Your Front Porch
Your front porch welcomes guests into your home before you even answer the door. Boost curb appeal with these front porch projects.
9. Paint or replace your front door
Painting your front door in a bright, complementary color will freshen up your home’s look with just an hour’s worth of work. But if your door is damaged, outdated or made of a low-quality material, installing a new door will be money well-spent. Choose a door with windows or molding to add character to your porch.
10. Create a frame around the front door
With a few pieces of framing lumber or molding and some paint, a DIY doorframe will make a plain entryway pop and instantly add front porch curb appeal.
11. Add furniture or a swing
Boost curb appeal by turning your front porch or patio into an outdoor living space. Staging a few chairs and an end table, hanging a wreath on the front door and putting out a door mat will make your house feel more inviting. A hanging porch swing is another inexpensive perk that potential buyers will love.
12. Build a porch or patio
Don’t have a front porch or patio space? Building one will add curb appeal. Two columns and a small roof over your front door adds an interesting architectural detail that will emphasize your entrance and welcome visitors into your home.
“Sprucing up the front entry is a quick, high impact and low-budget way to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Paint your door a bold or bright contrasting color, then add some small details like a unique door knocker or wreath.”
Deb Cohen | The Front Door Project
4 Curb Appeal Ideas for Landscaping
Last but not least, the condition of your yard has a major impact on how guests or potential buyers will feel about your home. Tame your landscaping to improve curb appeal.
13. Remove high-maintenance plants, trees and bushes
Trying to sell your home? Many buyers will see complicated landscaping as a negative due to the effort of upkeep or cost of making changes. Strip out any plants or bushes that require regular attention, and replace them with lower-maintenance options. You should also cut down any trees that are dead or could pose a safety risk and plant new trees that fit the space better.
“Cut back overgrown shrubs and trees, removing any branches that block your home’s façade, address numbers, walkways, or windows. Stand in the street and make sure your entry is visible and inviting. Remove any plantings that block drivers’ views at the end of your driveway, too.”
14. Add or redo a flower bed
The easiest way to add curb appeal through your landscaping is to plant native flowers that don’t need much attention and perennials which will add color for years to come. Clear out overgrowth and build new flower beds in your front yard.
15. Fertilize and maintain your yard
Everyone can appreciate a green yard. Take care of your landscaping seasonally by raking leaves, watering flowers, trimming overgrown bushes and weeding. Make sure to fertilize your grass to avoid brown spots, and watch out for puddles which could be a sign of yard drainage issues.
“To keep your lawn looking its best, apply [lawn food] every 6 to 8 weeks during the growing season, following label instructions. Mow regularly, too. The result? A gorgeous lawn for little effort.”
Scotts Lawn Care
16. Power wash your home’s exterior
Clean up your driveway, sidewalk, patio and siding to give your home a fresh look with just an afternoon’s work. Check the areas for cracks or weeds, and then use a pressure washer to clear away dirt and grime.
Keep Boosting Your Home’s Curb Appeal Year-Round
Home maintenance is a year-round job that will make it a lot easier to sell (and make a profit) when the time comes. Check out these resources for more tips on keeping up with your home and preparing to put it on the market.