Kick It to the Curb: New Curb Appeal on a Budget

It’s a common misconception that updating your home’s outdoor appearance costs the homeowner an arm and a leg. If you’re trying to save money, or have a limited budget, you can still put your dollars to work and make impactful curb appeal changes without hurting your wallet. From stress-free landscaping ideas to revamping exteriors with new siding or a coat of paint, here are some simple curb appeal ideas that can enhance the look of your space.

It’s All About the Exteriors

It’s no surprise that the first thing I’ll mention is the biggest most impactful change, that will likely eat up a good portion of your budget. However, I feel it’s still important enough to list. The exterior of our home says a lot about our space. Of course, small projects around your home are important to boost curb appeal, but the most radical aesthetic change is that of the exterior.

On a tighter budget: Depending on your budget, it might not make sense to change the exterior of your home completely, however, it’ll cost you less, in the long run, to make sure that your exterior is still up to snuff. Cosmetic changes to your home’s exterior don’t have to be big; simply cleaning up your exterior or getting a professional to fix minor issues, clean, and treat your exterior makes an impact on your overall curb appeal. 

This is especially true when your home’s exterior is made up of a hardy (but hard to DIY fix) brick exterior. Minor cracks in brick can be more than an eyesore. Getting a professional in to inspect the condition of your brick home and reseal it can make for a boost in curb appeal as well as a boost in confidence that your home can continue to stand the test of time.

On a bigger budget: Now, if you’re on a tighter budget (or bigger) and decide to spend your money on one project alone, you might consider updating the exterior of your home. Whether you’re considering new vinyl siding, simple repairs to what you already have, or an entirely new look with the help of a vinyl facade, there are endless possibilities in siding. 

Changing up your siding also gives you the freedom to decide what type of aesthetic you’re trying to bring about. More often than not basic vinyl siding can bring about that “cookie-cutter” effect. There’s not much you can do to change your curb appeal with drab lap siding. However, a coat of paint, or a stone or bring facade can change cookie-cutter into a craftsman in no time. So, if your budget allows for you, contact a professional service who has the ability to show you what your siding could be.

Give Your Front Door a Fresh Coat of Paint

Paint is the magic weapon when it comes to a small budget. Not only is it a relatively simple way to make a drastic change to your curb appeal, but you can take on this project entirely on your own! Painting a door is maybe the easiest way to transform your home. 

Keep it subtle: If you’re wanting to create a cohesive look with siding, lawn decor, and the like, keep the paint color you choose a subtle shade. This way, your existing exterior won’t get lost in a bold shade.

Let’s get bold: on the other hand, if you’re looking to intentionally bring the eye directly to the front door, choose a bolder shade of paint. Whether you’re going for a trendy mustard yellow, or a traditional bold red or punchy black, a bold cooler often adds a new life to a home within only a few hours of labor.

Plant Trees Strategically

There’s nothing more appealing than a well thought out lawn. And although a perfectly green lawn may be what you’re after, you can change up your curb appeal dramatically by adding a few layers and levels. Apart from strategically places garden beds and shrubs, planting trees does wonder to add dimension to your front lawn. No matter if you’re adding a tree near to your home, or directly at the curb, the right try adds a whole new look to your home, while also providing the benefit of shade as it grows. Want trees, but worry about potential pests? No problem. Many professional services are available to treat those planted trees to keep them looking gorgeous for years to come.

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