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Outdoor Ideas On A Budget

Creating an attractive entrance to your home can have two rewards. First, the enjoyment you derive while living in a home that appeals to you before you even come through the front door. Second, an attraction to possible buyers, and a good return on your investment if you ever decided to sell your home.

When it comes time to update the front of your home, there are affordable front landscaping and curb appeal ideas that will help you get your home in shape fast. The following outdoor projects cost as little as a few hundred dollars to free, and most can be completed in a few hours. If you are looking to sell your home, staging the outside of your home can go a long way toward attracting buyers and boosting offers. These cheap and easy curb appeal ideas are sure to add lasting value to your home and enjoyment to you and your family while you live there and beyond.

Refinish The Front Door.

A peeling or weather-beaten front door can greatly detract from the front of your home. Painting or refinishing the front door can cost as little as a few dollars and may only take a few hours or less. If your neighborhood association allows it, try painting the door a bold color that coordinates with the other exterior colors of your home. Replacing that old door is another option.

Replace Front Door Hardware.

Hardware is a quick and easy way to update your front door, and you can usually purchase quality hardware for around $75.00. Try adding a brass kick plate to your front door. With all the technology today, consider keyless entry system, which is popular because of its streamlined, modern appeal and ease of use.

Update Your Entryway Accessories.

Update light fixtures and clean or replace dirty furniture, that will help to enhance your homes curb appeal. You can easily spend a few hundred dollars on new lights, a mailbox, doorbell and/or doorknocker. Add or replace the address numbers. The address plaques today are designed to withstand any type of weather. House numbers help make your home easy for friends, service professionals and others to find, plus they add instant curb appeal at a very affordable price. Consider adding coordinating address markers or numbers in two places, at the curb and on the house itself to enhance visibility. Think about a welcome plaque or a custom plaque with your favorite saying.

Edging And Mulching.

Your entire property will look nicer and more cared for with edging and a fresh layer of mulch around plants and trees. You can either buy mulch in bags or have bulk quantities delivered at a reasonable cost. Dark brown or black mulch looks the best and the most natural. Stone is another possibility. Stone may cost a little more but, you only have to do it once and it will last a life time.

Prune Plants.

Cut back bushes and landscaping plants to be below windows and porch railings. This will give your home a clean appearance. Having plants below windows allows more light into your home and can also help with security. Make sure to allow for future growth of your pants. Pruning is a fairly easy do it yourself job, but you can always hire a good landscaper to do it for you. Freshly trimmed plants really shows you care about your home and property.

Accent Lighting

A dark and unlit house is an unwelcome sign. Not only does landscape lighting add ambiance, but it also helps prevent accidents and keeps unwanted intruders away. Solar lights are probably the most affordable and easiest way to add extra lighting. If you have some basic wiring knowledge and skills, why not try to add some low voltage lighting. Low voltage lighting can be a little more expensive, but is usually more dependable.

Other Architectural Ideas.

Painted shutters, window boxes, decorative molding, columns or brackets can go a long way in adding value to your home. You can spend as much or as little as you like on these items, and great deals can be found at flea markets and garage sales. Shopping online is always a possibility. Last but not least I would check with your local association before adding any of these ideas.


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