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10 Easy and Inexpensive ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.

Curb appeal is the first impression that your home makes on potential buyers, guests, or neighbors. It can affect how much your home is worth, how quickly it sells, and how welcome you feel when you come home. But improving your curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are 10 easy and inexpensive ways to boost your home’s curb appeal and make it stand out from the rest.

  1. Paint your front door. A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference in the appearance of your front door, especially if you choose a bold or contrasting color that pops. You can also add some personality with a doormat, or a house number plaque.
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    2. 2 exterior door paints colors that look great on most homes. Novelty Way:  https://amzn.to/3P2S3tX,  Fortunate https://amzn.to/45WC8nh
  2. Trim your shrubs and trees. Overgrown or unruly vegetation can make your home look neglected and uninviting. Trim your shrubs and trees to create a neat and tidy look and remove any dead or diseased branches. You can also add some mulch or gravel around the base of your plants to prevent weeds and retain moisture.
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    2. Hand-held trimmer:  https://amzn.to/3MWQCuC
  3. Update your lighting. Lighting can enhance the beauty and security of your home at night. Replace any broken or outdated fixtures with new ones that match your home’s style and provide adequate illumination. You can also add some solar-powered or low-voltage lights along your walkway, driveway, or porch for a welcoming glow.  Again, the lighting should fit the architecture of your home.   Do your research, i.e., craftsman, modern, Mediterranean, colonial, etc…
  4. Clean your windows and gutters. Dirty windows and gutters can detract from your home’s curb appeal and cause damage to your siding, roof, or foundation. Clean your windows inside and out with a glass cleaner and a squeegee and remove any debris from your gutters with a ladder and a hose. You can also install gutter guards to prevent clogging and reduce maintenance.
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  5. Power wash your siding and driveway. Dirt, mold, mildew, and stains can make your siding and driveway look dull and dingy. Power washing can restore their original color and shine and remove any harmful substances that could affect their durability. You can rent a power washer from a hardware store or buy one.   I have just purchased one and love it.   I have used it to clean my sidewalks, siding, deck, outdoor rugs, and my cars.   It has paid for itself in just the few weeks I have owned it.
    1. Electric power washer. https://amzn.to/45VKag8  
  6. Replace or repair your mailbox. Your mailbox is one of the first things that people see when they approach your home, so make sure it reflects your style and taste. You can replace your old or damaged mailbox with a new one that matches your home’s color scheme and architecture, or you can spruce up your existing one with some paint, stickers, or decals.
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    2. Classic Post Mounted Box: https://amzn.to/3CjiEeN
  7. Add some outdoor furniture. Outdoor furniture can make your home look more inviting and comfortable and provide a place for you to relax and enjoy the outdoors. You can add some chairs, a bench, a table, or a swing to your porch, patio, or deck, and accessorize them with some cushions, pillows, rugs, or lanterns.
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  8. Clear your yard of clutter. Clutter can ruin your home’s curb appeal and make it look messy and chaotic. Clear your yard of any items that don’t add to the attractiveness of your home, such as kids’ toys, lawn tools, trash cans, bikes, or old furniture. Store them in a shed, garage, basement, or donate them if you don’t need them anymore.
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    2. Inexpensive tool shed 15 sq.ft.: https://amzn.to/3WTh6ln
  9. Mow your lawn and edge your grass. A well-maintained lawn is essential for curb appeal, as it shows that you take pride in your home and property. Mow your lawn regularly to keep it at an even height, and edge your grass along the sidewalk, driveway, fence, or flower beds to create a crisp and clean look.
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  10. Plant some flowers. Nothing says curb appeal like a colorful and fragrant display of flowers. You can plant some annuals or perennials in your flower beds, pots, window boxes, or hanging baskets. Choose flowers that complement your home’s color scheme and style, and that bloom at different times of the year for a continuous show.   Ask the staff at your locally owned nursery or look at what plants do well in your neighborhood to figure out what plants will do well.

These are just some of the easy and inexpensive ways to increase your home’s curb appeal and make it more attractive to yourself and others. By following these tips, you can transform your home from drab to fab in no time!

Note:  I would still trim the very large shrub blocking the front windows and painted the door a bright warm color like Yellow, or Red.  Nice start

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