Curb appeal can be described as the overall attractiveness of your home and property when viewed from the street. If you’re interested in sprucing up your lawn and home exterior, but you don’t have a lot of time or a huge budget, the following five ideas are great choices. You can contact a landscaping and design professional for help with these ideas or, if you consider yourself handy, you can do many of them yourself.
#1 – A Fresh Coat of Paint for the Front Door
Exterior paint costs anywhere from $25 to $50 a gallon depending on the brand and the quality, and that’s all you’ll need to give your front door a coat of your favorite shade. Try to pick a color that makes your home “pop” but still fits with the rest of your exterior aesthetic. Shades of burgundy work well against white or off-white siding, for example, and a pretty shade of blue will bring your front door into focus on a classic brick home.
#2 – A New Mailbox
If your mailbox is at the road, it provides a nice opportunity to upgrade and enhance your home’s curb appeal without spending a small fortune. In fact, mailboxes start at about $20. Before heading out to pick one out (or ordering online), be sure that you’ve brushed up on your local ordinances. Then, choose a mailbox shape that fits your home’s architecture, and try to choose a color that works well with your décor. Some mailboxes are pre-primed and ready for a coat of exterior paint, so if you have some left from your front door, consider using it on your mailbox, too.
#3 – New House Numbers
Easy-to-read house numbers benefit everyone from postal carriers and couriers to the local pizza delivery guy, but that doesn’t mean they have to be plain and outdated. In fact, you can let your creativity for decorating truly shine here. Though there are countless options available for purchase in home improvement stores and online, there are numerous DIYs out there that most homeowners can complete themselves on even the smallest budget. You can put numbers on your mailbox post, on an upcycled shutter leaned against your home, or on planters filled with your favorite seasonal plants or flowers.
#4 – Plant a Tree
This is a great time of year to find trees on sale at your local home improvement store. Everything from fruit trees to evergreens can bring some serious eye appeal to your home exterior. Options include planting two trees to serve as a frame for your home, planting a single tree in an open front yard, and even planting small trees on the sides of your entryway. Be sure that you understand the Chicago area hardiness zone provided by the United States Department of Agriculture and choose trees that will survive and thrive, and be sure you also research the full size of the tree and how large its roots will be in order to avoid problems in the future.
#5 – Add Some Landscape Lighting
Most of the ideas on this page will only truly enhance curb appeal during the daylight hours, but it’s also important to think about your home’s exterior at night. Landscape lighting is one of the absolute best ways to make your home look amazing even after the sun goes down. Projects like lining a walkway with solar lights take only a couple hours and cost anywhere from $20 to $100 depending on the type, size, and number of lights, but other types of lighting can cost quite a bit more. Keep in mind that you can upgrade your lighting slowly – a couple additions every two to four weeks – to keep this project within your budget.
Improving your home exterior doesn’t have to cost a small fortune or take weeks to finish. In fact, you can get started with any of the projects on this page for as little as $20, and most will take no more than a couple of hours to complete. For help with any of these projects, or to schedule an appointment for larger-scale exterior design, you can always rely on local professionals for their expertise and quality workmanship.