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It may seem simple enough, but replacing your mailbox with a new one to reflect the style of your home can have a huge impact. It doesn't matter if you have a regular mailbox out by the road, or if you have a box mounted to your house. Adding a new mailbox can make your home more appealing. Be sure to check with the local post office about any regulations. Want to simply paint the existing one you have? Live Like you are Rich has some great tips and tricks on how to do that.
Painting your home will instantly update and refresh it. It makes it look new and cared for. Don't have the budget to paint? Sometimes just a power wash may do the trick to getting dirt and residue off to make it look fresh again. Most exterior colors cost about $25-35.oo a gallon. Painting your front door, shutters, or trim a new bold shade will instantly add character and make it feel welcoming after a power wash. Just be sure to pick colors that match the rest of the home. Here are 5 Easy Tips for Choosing Your Exterior Paint Palette.
#3 house numbers
If your house has old or faded house numbers, purchase some new ones to spruce up your home. Try to match the style of your home, or match to existing light fixtures. Numbers from the local home improvement store start at around $3.00 each. You could also opt for a customized plaque to show off your family's style. Etsy has some really cool hand made ones in all price ranges.
#4 flower boxes
Installing flower boxes under windows can add a pop of color year round. You can also install them on front porch railings as well. Just remember in order to keep their appeal, you'll have to maintain the flowers. Ask your local garden center which flowers bloom the most often, and maybe consider a drip irrigation system for watering. Heres a how to for the drip irrigation system from Modern Farmer.
#5 exterior lights
Replacing the light fixtures can illuminate your home making it brighter and feel more welcoming. When buying new fixtures, its important to consider the sale and color choices. It is also import to make sure the new ones have the same mounting system as the old ones. On a super tight budget? You can often spray paint the old ones to look new for only a few bucks. The Thrift Decor Chick has some easy to follow instruction on how to do this.
Planting a tree is a good way to boost curb appeal. It can also provide shade, and add colors and texture to the landscape. Framing the front of the home with identical trees can create a welcoming vibe or you can off set them to create dimension. Be sure to consider the size in which the tree will grow before deciding on where to place it. You don't want roots to mess with your sewer line, or cause foundation issues 5, 10, or 20 years from now. HGTV has a list of the 14 Favorite Front Yard Trees.