Every homeowner wants their home to look as nice as possible, and with summer sadly coming to an end, homeowners are looking to make quick home improvements for now and next year. Home improvements can be large, costly projects, but they don’t have to be. You can easily add some style – and value – to your home with these 10 do-it-yourself projects, all for under $100.
1. Change the exterior light fixtures on your porch. Replace existing light fixtures with something new and stylish. Installing new outdoor lighting will freshen up your curb appeal, and you can save money by installing energy efficient lighting.
2. Installing ground lighting. Adding lights around flower boxes or walkways is another simple, affordable way to brighten up your home’s exterior and curb appeal. The easiest and most cost effective way to accomplish this is to use solar powered, staked lights.
3. Trim overgrowth and pull weeds. After a long winter, the front yard could probably use a little TLC. Remove the old growth will make your plants look greener, more vibrant and can also make your yard look larger.
4. Plant some flowers. Nothing brightens up your home’s exterior more than freshly planted flowers, and they’re not expensive. Planting a variety of colorful flowers around your front yard will add vibrancy to the area, and make your home more attractive.
5. Spread some fertilizer. Another way to add more color to your yard is by using fertilizer. Most landscape experts would suggest fertilizing your grass, at minimum, once in the fall and once in the spring
6. Refasten loose boards or trims. As a home settles over time, its structure shifts, potentially causing some of your trims and fascia to move and separate. A quick visual inspection around all the windows, doors and along the roof line is all it takes to identify loose spots or wear and tear.
7. Paint the trims and fascia. The trim around the roof line, doors and windows gives your house character. You can really liven up your curb appeal with a new coat of paint on the trim, brightening up those old colors. Give your home a fresh look by changing the trim color. To maintain your home’s value, take a look at common housing color trends.
8. Paint the front door. Get creative! Your front door is often the centerpiece of your porch and there are no set color rules. Try to think of a color that contrasts the rest of the colors in your front yard, to stand out.
9. Change the hardware on the front door. A shiny new doorknob or handle is a small modification, but can make a big difference. Over time, the finish on your existing outdoor hardware can fade or corrode. Installing an ornamental, new door knob will modernize the front porch.
10. Mount new address numbers. With all the font and color options available, changing your house numbers is another small improvement you can make with little cost and effort. Make your house stand out with new, decorative numbers. You can also change the location of the address, and the style in which the numbers hang.
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