Kick Up Your Curb Appeal For Pennies

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated December 1, 2020

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May 3, 2018

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Want to spiff up your home’s curb appeal but don’t have much spare cash? You don’t have to invest a lot of money to make your home stand out in the neighborhood as long as you’re willing to put in some sweat equity. The following improvements take very little money and make a huge difference in the look of your home’s exterior.

Adding flowers to your property can give your home instant appeal, particularly if your siding is a neutral color. If you have flowerbeds, invest in a mix of bright annuals and perennials that will keep blooming all spring and summer. You may also consider adding flower boxes under your windows and on the porch. If you want an instant, hassle-free improvement, simply buy a mix of potted flowers and strategically place them in front of your home. You can make an incredible difference with this type of budget landscaping for $100 or less.

You can make a big difference in your home’s appearance by painting the front door a dramatic color. Simply invest in a bucket of exterior paint appropriate for your door’s material, and add a few coats of vivid red, blooming yellow or bold blue. If that sounds like too much, repaint your door a neutral color and add some colorful trim. For one afternoon of labor, you’ll receive an attractive new exterior focal point. Depending on the paint brand, this quick fix should cost you under $40.

Your mailbox is the first thing many people see when they visit your home, so you don’t want a drab, unkempt one drooping on a pole. You can either repaint your current mailbox for a few dollars or invest in a new one for under a $100. In just an hour or two, you’ll have added a dash of curb appeal to your property.

A thorough pressure wash of your home’s siding can remove months or years of grunge and return the exterior to its former glory. You may decide that you don’t need new siding, after all. Then, you can invest your money in another project. Renting a pressure washer for a day may cost you as little as $35.

You can achieve some impressive exterior improvements with a little bit of cash and elbow grease. Don’t worry if your finances are limited. Your home can still be a jewel in your neighborhood. Are you worried about the interior of your home as well? Consider a home warranty service for peace of mind. We review the best home warranty services here.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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