5 Exterior Upgrades to Refresh Your Home’s Curb Appeal

David Deem

Curb appeal is important, whether you’re trying to sell your home or not. Caring for your home inside and out will not only improve the look of your home and potentially boosts its value, it will make you feel good to come home to something beautiful every day. With these touch-ups and makeovers, you can create an exterior look you’re proud to call home.

Get a New Mailbox
Every home needs a mailbox, but more often than not, you’re retrieving your mail from a boring, rusty old box. DIY this upgrade by choosing a complementary color to your house and painting your existing mailbox. Or, buy new! Ranging from $20 to $200, you can purchase a stylish new mailbox - or even have one custom made - to fit the style, architecture and location of your home. A simple paint job or a unique style can do wonders for your curb appeal, especially if you plan to sell your home.

Update Your House Numbers
A much ignored aspect of your front door is your address. A new house number display is a great way to freshen up your home’s curb appeal. Head over to your local arts and crafts store and find beautiful wooden and metal numbers to get you started for a weekend DIY project. Not too crafty? Try a lighted style for a fresh, modern look.

Replace Light Fixtures
Brighten your entry-way and curb appeal by replacing or refreshing your light fixtures. If your porch lights are old and rusty, replace. You can find plenty of styles at your local home improvement store for less than $30. For outdated pieces, such as a ‘70s bronze sconce, simply spray paint it black or white for an easy DIY upgrade.

Paint the Front Door
A simple way to boost the curb appeal of your home is by giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. Whether you’re planning for a simple touch-up to the existing color, or adding a pop of color to your door, this is an easy DIY project that can be done in a weekend. Be sure to consider the style of your home when choosing a color, and even change it seasonally for more appealing and versatile looks.

Paint the Porch Ceiling
Your front door isn’t the only place where paint can make a difference. If you happen to have the kind of covered front porch that features outdoor seating, freshen it up to create a more inviting and comfortable space to enjoy nature. By painting your porch ceiling light blue, you open it up visually as if you’re always under a bright blue sky, while still being protected from the elements.

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