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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 your home’s curb appeal. Add some solar lights along the front walkway or some low-voltage lights near your front flower bed. Speaking of flower beds, these inexpensive plants will make your front yard pop.

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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. Check out these 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. Don’t have a green thumb? These low-maintenance plants are the best annuals for container gardening.

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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.

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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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. Check out more simple landscaping ideas for the perfect front yard.

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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. (These organic lawn care tips will also come in handy!)

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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 more ways to attract birds to your garden.

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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 100 more home improvement hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner!)

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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. Get to know landscaping expert Carson Arthur’s top 10 herbs for all growing conditions.

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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 new uses for a garden hose.

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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. Next, find out the home renovation mistakes that could affect your home’s resale value.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman