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16 Budget-Friendly Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

First impressions are always important! From handsome new house numbers to charming patio lights, here's how to boost your home's curb appeal—without breaking the bank.

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Add some lights

Outdoor lighting can make a world of difference when it comes to boosting your home’s curb appeal. Add some solar lights along the front walkway or some low-voltage lights near your front flower bed.

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Paint the front door

A fresh coat of paint on your front door can give your home a whole new look, and better curbside appeal. Try red for a classic look or a bright orange for something a bit unexpected.

Here are 20 painting tips the pros don’t want you to know.

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Add flower pots

A couple well-placed flower pots on your front step will make for a cheery front entrance. Potted plants offer a much more welcoming environment.

No front yard? No problem! Use these urban gardening tips to add greenery to even the smallest porch, patio or balcony.

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Update house numbers

Give your house number a makeover. People look for your address more than you may think as they drive by. Replace your old numbers with an updated metal or wood design to update the curb appeal.

Here are 13 home renovation mistakes realtors want you to avoid.

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Plant shrubs or a tree

A couple of shrubs or a new tree will instantly up your curb appeal. Much like potted plants, trees and shrubs will add a welcoming quality to your home.

These gardening tips will save you time, money and effort.

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Keep your lawn tidy

One of the easiest ways to maintain curb appeal is to keep your lawn tidy, and that includes the edging around your walkways and flower beds.

Take inspiration from this gorgeous gallery of Canadian garden pictures.

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Attract Some Birds

Humans aren’t the only things you want to find your home attractive. Appeal to a variety of birds to your yard with a birdhouse or bird feeder.

Find out the types of flowers that attract hummingbirds.

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Update your mailbox

Give your mailbox an update with a colourful paint job, or replace it entirely with these DIY instructions for building your own mailbox.

Check out more DIY projects that add to your home’s value.

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Add window boxes

Window boxes will bring a splash of colour to the front of your home and add quick curbside appeal. Plant perky pansies or cascading flowers such as petunias. You can even use the boxes to grow herbs.

Find out the best annual flowers for pots.

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Paint shutters and trim

When was the last time you painted your window shutters? What about your exterior trim? A simple update will add plenty of curb appeal.

Learn how to choose the right paint brush for the job.

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Hang a wreath

Welcome guests to your home with a wreath. Whether you purchase a wreath or make it yourself, wreaths allow you to change the look of your front entryway as often as you like.

Looking for inspiration? Check out this gallery of gorgeous doors across Canada.

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Put down new mulch

Mulch is an inexpensive way to tidy up flower beds and shrubs while also reducing evaporation and slowing weed growth. Get a couple bags of mulch to freshen up the area around the front of your home.

These genius gardening hacks will also come in handy.

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Install a porch light

Look for a pretty light fixture to hang at the front door. You could also mount a couple light sconces near the entryway.

Did you know adequate outdoor lighting can also deter thieves? Here are seven sneaky ways burglars can break into your house.

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Tidy up hoses

A tangled garden hose is not only frustrating, but it looks messy, too. Nobody wants to see your gardening equipment thrown all over the yard.

Even if it’s sprung a leak, a garden hose can still come in handy around the house. Check out these clever garden hose hacks.

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Update door hardware

Does your door hardware need a makeover? Add curbside appeal by replacing old door knobs and knockers or give it an update with stain or paint.

Looking to flex your DIY muscle? Here are 20 home repairs anyone can do.

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Add some seating

Create a welcoming spot to relax by adding a couple chairs to your front porch or yard.

Now that you know how to boost your home’s curb appeal, find out 13 secrets real estate agents wish you knew.

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