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12 Fast & Affordable Curb Appeal Ideas

First impressions make a big impact. Once you have the basics of a tidy, healthy yard, you don't need to spend a lot of time or money to create a warm welcome. Here are 12 simple, inexpensive ways to add curb appeal.


1) Paint Your Front Door

A fresh coat of paint on your front door is one of the easiest ways to spruce up your entry. Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black is a classic that compliments many home styles, a bright and cheery color like Benjamin Moore Heritage Red is welcoming, or choose a soothing blue like the Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue used on the door below for a serene feel.


2) Brighten Up with Ambient Lighting

Uplighting and cafè lights elevate your exterior and create a warm, inviting glow after dusk. Solar lights are a great option for a fast solution that does not require hardwiring.


3) Add Seating

Create a comfy spot to relax by adding a bench, swing, or set of chairs to your entry. Cost Plus World Market is a solid source for trendy pieces that won't break the bank.


4) Upgrade House Numbers

Replace your old numbers with an updated design to update the curb appeal. These backlit LED numbers will ensure visibility day or night.


5) Replace Your Mailbox

Whether you have a mail slot, wall-mounted, or road-side mailbox there are plenty of charming selections to update your postal style. Rejuvenation carries a variety of modern and classic options.


6) Get a Fresh Welcome Mat

Anchor your entry and keep your interior tidy with a fresh welcome mat outside your front door. The Target Threshold collection always has stylish selections at friendly prices.


7) Add Potted Flowers or Window Boxes

Spring to Fall, nothing makes your entry quite as inviting as fresh flowers. Invest in a couple of urns or window boxes that can be used in every season. Don't have a green thumb? While there is nothing quite like the real thing, I'll admit that I am not above high-quality imitations like this set of faux spheres for a low-maintenance solution.


8) Refresh Your Garage

Not only does replacing an old garage door add curb appeal and additional security, but this upgrade also has one of the highest returns on investments of any home project with an average ROI of over 95%.


9) Pressure Wash Away

A good pressure wash to remove dirt and grime from your driveway, front walk, and entryway can make a world of difference and feels oh so satisfying. Get how-to tips here.


10) Lay Fresh Mulch

Tidy up your landscaping and discourage weed growth with newly laid mulch. At just a few dollars a bag, it's one of the quickest and easiest ways to refresh your yard.


11) Install or Upgrade Exterior Light Fixtures

Sconces or a pretty pendant make a big style impact. Use this helpful exterior lighting guide for a fool-proof plan to select the setup that will work best for your home's entry.


12) Hang a Wreath

This final decor addition can be changed out with the seasons to greet guests with a festive welcome any time of the year.