Whether you’re trying to sell your house or simply make your home the
envy of everyone on your cul-de-sac, trust us: A little goes a long way.
Here, seven ways to refresh your front door (and beyond) without
breaking the bank.
Paint Your Door
A fresh coat of paint--colorful or not--goes a long way when it
comes to updating your exterior view. While you’re at it, replace (or
touch up) your hardware--like the doorknob and knocker.
REPLACE YOUR HOUSE NUMBERS
Pick up a set that has a matte or metallic sheen. It’ll look
expensive and polished, not to mention easier to read from the street.
(You’re welcome, UPS guy.)
PRESSURE WASH YOUR FRONT PORCH
It’s a great way to remove deeply set dirt stains and will give
your porch that brand-new and shiny vibe. (You can even add a bit of
wood cleaner to really get the job done.) Don’t own a pressure washer?
Rent one from your local Home Depot for about $35 a day.
INSTALL SOLAR LIGHTS
You don’t have to break the bank to add a bit of accent lighting to your front yard. An eight-pack of solar lights
costs about $27 on Amazon. Use them to accentuate freshly pruned trees
or shrubs--or simply to illuminate the path to your front door.
MAKE OVER YOUR MAILBOX
If it’s busted--get a new one. Or take it a step further by
planting a variety of resilient and colorful flowers and shrubs (think
hydrangea or elephant ears) at the base of the box.
ADD WINDOW BOXES FILLED WITH BLOOMS
In addition to being inexpensive, window boxes are easy to
install (you often don't even have to drill) and won't damage your
house's facade. Stick them in the windows to the left and right of your
front door and fill them with plants like marigolds and petunias that
thrive on direct sunlight.
REPAINT (OR REPLACE) YOUR GUTTERS
If they’re peeling and cracked, sand gutters and downspouts down
and apply a fresh coat of paint. Or--if you’re in the mood for something
a bit fancier--you could upgrade the whole system with sleek copper