Your home’s exterior is the first thing family, friends, guests, and prospective buyers will notice. Whether you plan on selling the property or want to make a few upgrades for your enjoyment, boosting curb appeal improves your home’s appearance and resale value. Here are a few easy and cost-effective projects to improve curb appeal and make an excellent first impression.

Add Greenery to Improve Curb Appeal

Adding plants around the house is one of the most impactful ways to improve curb appeal and breathe life into your outdoor spaces. A great way to do this is by installing flower beds in the front of the house. However, add window boxes or planters if you don’t have the money or time to invest.

Use plants to frame and accentuate focal points like entryways and windows. Opt for hanging baskets if you don’t have room for standing planters. A single attractive plant arrangement is enough to change the look of your front porch completely.

Paint the Front Door

If the existing front door is old, damaged, or rusty, replace it with an insulated steel door to boost security and energy efficiency all year round.

On the other hand, if the door is in good condition, save money by simply repainting it. When choosing the colors, don’t be afraid to go bold. Opt for a bright color that complements the style of your home.

Install Outdoor Lighting

Exterior lighting improves the ambiance around your home and makes it more secure after dark. To enhance curb appeal with outdoor lighting, focus on a few main areas: the front entrance, landscaping, and pathways. Install sconces on either side of the front door. Add LED lights to illuminate the walkway. Motion-detecting floodlights in the side yard to accentuate landscaping features and improve security.

Replace the Mailbox

Swap out an old, rusting mailbox with a newer one. A mailbox update is an easy and inexpensive project to improve curb appeal. If your mailbox is still in excellent condition, add a fresh coat of paint to make it look new. Plant greenery or colorful flowers around the mailbox post to further boost the aesthetic.

Keep the Lawn Clean to Improve Curb Appeal

Lawn care is an integral part of improving curb appeal. Tidy the yard by raking leaves, clearing debris, pulling weeds, and mowing the grass. Water the lawn frequently to keep it healthy and prevent brown spots from developing. Apply mulch to the garden beds to help the soil retain moisture and deter weeds.

Keeping up with outdoor home maintenance makes your home look attractive and cared-for. If the work feels overwhelming or you don’t have time, hire a professional to handle the tasks above.

Porch Light Home Inspections offers inspection services in the central Oregon area. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to request an appointment.