These long summer days lend themselves well to swimming, barbecuing and having fun with family and friends. We can certainly understand why you may not be inclined to take extra time out for home projects right now. While maybe it isn’t the best time to replace your driveway or finally build that front porch you’ve dreamed of, there are plenty of quick and easy projects to amp up your curb appeal without stealing much of your precious summertime fun.
These projects can all produce big results in a short amount of time on a very limited budget. Which ones will you try?
Make your windows appear larger
Small windows got you down? If you want to make your windows look bigger without actually replacing them, there are a couple of tricks you can try. The first is to install shutters. Not only do shutters add visual interest, but they also make the windows look twice their size. The second is to add window boxes and plant colorful flowers. Not only will they look larger and prettier, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor from the inside, too.
Add drama with solar lights
Does your beautiful landscaping disappear as soon as the sun goes down? Not to worry – you can add nighttime curb appeal by strategically placing solar spotlights around your yard. You’ll save time and money by not having to run electricity out to the yard and you’ll still enjoy the drama of lighting up trees and other unique landscaping features.
Gussy up the front door
Your front door is the first thing to greet visitors, so make it a hearty hello! Give your front door a fresh coat of paint in a bold color and place a few pots of plants and flowers on each side. You’ll be amazed how such a small change can have such a huge impact.
Wash it off
If the outside of your home is looking a little dirty or tired, give it a good washing. You can use a garden hose turned to its strongest setting to clean off driveways, sidewalks and porches as well as the siding of your house. If you have stubborn dirt, you can spend a little money to rent a pressure washer – just be sure not to use it on windows or get water under siding.
Spruce up the mailbox
A simple way to update the front of your home is to install a new, colorful mailbox. Choose a style that matches your home and grabs a little attention.
Clean it up
One of the best ways to spruce up your curb appeal is to give your front yard a thorough cleaning. This includes edging the grass, cleaning out the flowerbeds, weeding, trimming trees and bushes and raking up debris like dead leaves and grass. The best part is this doesn’t cost you a thing and can be completed in an afternoon.
Don’t let summer fun get in the way of making the outside of your home look great. With just a small investment of time and money your home will look refreshed and you can get back to enjoying all the perks of the season.