9 Easy Ways to Instantly Boost Curb Appeal

Posted by Laine Smith on 8/1/15 2:16 PM

Topics: Home Ownership

Investing in your home’s curb appeal is always a good idea, but these quick and budget-friendly ideas will keep your investment at a minimum and your curb appeal at a maximum.

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Faux Stone Panels

Exposed slab foundation can be an eyesore. While covering your home's entire foundation could get pricey, faux panels are a budget-friendly option. These panels come in faux rock, stone, brick and wood with several colors and styles guaranteed to work for any home. Plus, faux stone veneer is one of the top home improvements for resale value.

Blend in Electrical Boxes

While necessary for your home's function, exterior electrical boxes, piping and wires can be unsightly. Paint anything that stands out against your house the same color of your home's exterior, so they're a lot less noticeable from the curb.

Give Your Front Door a Facelift

Replacing your front door is also a top home improvement for resale value, but a replacement can be costly. If your entryway needs some TLC, paint will go a long way. To completely transform your front door, consider adding molding to the top. Here's the how-to.

Camouflage Your A/C

Put your air conditioner out of sight with a small side of paneling. Lattice paneling will allow your unit to breathe while adding a decorative element to your home.

Paneling not your style? Plant a few large, bushy plants in pots on the street view side of the unit. The added shade will also boost your A/C's performance.

This trick also works for homeowners who have to keep their garbage cans outside of their garage. Just purchase some taller paneling!

Makeover Your Mailbox

If you have a street side mailbox, it's one of the first thing anyone sees when pulling up to your home. Camouflage an eyesore 4x4 wooden post by placing cast stone surround on top of it. Here's the how-to.

Add a Flagstone Path

Pathways leading to, from and/or around your home add accessibility to your landscape and character to your home. Check out our foolproof method for laying a flagstone garden path in the span of a weekend.

Creatively Display Your House Numbers

Incorporate your house numbers into your landscape by stenciling your house numbers on to plant containers on your front stoop or front corner of your lawn.

Update Your Garage Door

Love the look of carriage-style garage doors? You can update your plain door for under $20 and less than an hour of your time with a kit like this from Home Depot.

Highlight Your Landscape

If you have a lot of mature trees and shrubs in your landscape, the easiest way to make your home look great at night is to add solar-powered lighting. Use them to light trees, shrubs, landscaping rocks, etc. At only $20 per light and no added expense to your electric bill, they're a quick and easy way to boost curb appeal.

Looking to do some home improvements on a larger scale? Download our free Rehab & Construction Guide for more information about financing home improvements into your mortgage.

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