40 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal on a Budget

Shannon Quinn - April 12, 2019
Porches should be painted every few years to keep them fresh. Credit: Shutterstock

11. Paint or Stain Your Porch

Many people consider their front or back porch the heart of the home. It is a place where they can sit with a cool drink and forget about the stress of their lives for a while. So it only makes sense that you should keep the wood fresh and beautiful. Give it a fresh coat of paint, or wood stain.

House numbers should be clearly visible for delivery people. Credit: Shutterstock

10. Add New House Numbers

When you have people coming to your house for deliveries or services, they will need to find your home for the very first time. If your house numbers are not clearly visible, it will be difficult for them to figure out where you are. There are loads of options, from installing numbers on the side of your house, on your mailbox, or on a roadside plaque like the image shown above.

It is a good idea to trim the shrubbery on your property. Credit: Shutterstock

9. Trim the Bushes

A lot of people plant bushes in their front yards, and they eventually get out of hand. Unkempt bushes can block the sunlight, or make it more difficult to see out of your driveway. In order to prevent these issues, trim your bushes. It’s not necessary to make them look like something out of Alice in Wonderland- Just make sure they are well-manicured.

A cozy porch swing is amazing in the spring and summer. Credit: Shutterstock

8. Porch Swing

Installing a porch swing will set you back a few hundred dollars, but for many people, they believe it’s worth it. You can sit on your porch with a book, or a good drink with some friends. If you have kids, they will often have fond memories of a porch swing. Before you buy one, just make sure your porch is structurally sound enough to support the weight.

Power washing can help clean off years of dirt and grime. Credit: Shutterstock

7. Power Wash Everything

Whether you have vinyl siding, stucco, stone, or almost any material, a power washer can be used to clean almost anything. After you are done cleaning your house and driveway, you can also move on to lawn furniture, and so much more. Walmart and Home Depot have power washers you can buy under $200, but they admittedly do not have a lot of power. If you are looking for an industrial-strength washer, consider renting a power washer from Home Depot for a day, and get all of your cleaning done in one go.

It may be time to get a new front door. Credit: Shutterstock

6. Replace You Front Door

Replacing your front door is not cheap. Before you spend a couple hundred dollars replacing your door, try to paint or stain it. However, having a brand new front door truly does wake up the front of a house. There are a variety of price ranges, depending on the design of the door you choose. You can also find leftover doors at places like the Habitat for Humanity Restore. Just come prepared with measurements to make sure you get the right size.

Fences don’t last forever. Credit: Shutterstock

5. Rebuild and Repair Your Fences

If your fence is made out of wood, it is only natural that it will eventually begin to rot and paint will peel away. If you are lucky, you may only need to replace one or two posts in the process of repair. When you are done replacing the wood that has gone bad, give it a fresh coat of paint so that all your whole fence matches.

There are so many wreaths out there, you could swap it every few months. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Buy a Seasonal Wreath

No matter what time of year it is, there are wreaths for every season. They are warm and inviting, and give a nice touch when you first arrive at home. Check out the wreaths made by Hearth and Home at Target, which are designed by Joanna Gaines from the HGTV series “Fixer Upper.”

If you want your house to stand out, pick contrasting colors. Credit: Shutterstock

3. Pick Contrasting Colors

If you want your house to truly stand out, try to pick two bold colors that contrast with one another. It may be as simple as black and white, or a bold choice like the photo above, where the home owners painted their siding a dark blue, and had white trim.

There are so many seasons and holidays to celebrate. Credit: Shutterstock

2. Decorate for the Holidays and Seasons

No matter what time of year it is, there is  always an occasion to celebrate. If you can find a clever way to decorate for the seasons, it will make your home even more inviting than before. One way to do this is to use seasonal foliage, like the image above.

Try to accept the house’s current style, and do the best you can with it. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Embrace your Home’s Current Architecture

In the United States, we have such a huge variety of different architectural styles. But every few years, there is one style that becomes more trendy than the others. So people feel like they need to conform to whatever is in style at the moment. Unfortunately, that can leave a house looking kind of strange. If your home has a very unique style, like this Victorian house, don’t try to fight it by giving it something completely different, like a concrete modern industrial look. Embrace its architecture, and work with what you’ve got to the best of your ability.