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Quick Curb Appeal Projects You Can Do in an Hour

February 26th, 2018 - 10:48 AM

12 easy ways to add curb appeal​

Whether you're looking to add curb appeal to attract buyers or just want to spruce up the front yard for the spring and summer seasons, there are multiple simple and inexpensive projects that can make a big impact. While many curb appeal projects take several days and hundreds of dollars, these ideas can be done in the evening or on the weekend, so you can create a new look without a ton of time. 

curb appeal landscaping
Quick curb appeal ideas​

Curb appeal is the way a home looks from the street. It can include the actual house, the front yard and the walkways — basically, anything you can see from the road. While there may be bigger jobs to tackle, like painting siding or redoing the roof, these smaller projects can make a big difference.

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A pop of color on the door

Time: 1-2 hours (plus drying time)

Supplies: Cleaning cloth, paint, paint brush, and painter's tape

A bright-colored door can pack a punch when it comes to curb appeal. Match the paint to your home color or choose something complementary, but bold. For example, red goes well with white, blue, cream or gray homes, while a bright yellow door can pop on both light and dark houses. A black door can pop against lighter exteriors, or blue can look great against white.  

Painting inside, too? Check out these painting tips!

increase curb appeal with a bright front door

Update the hardware and fixtures

Time: Less than an hour

Supplies: New hardware or spray paint and tools to remove and replace old hardware

You can either swap old fixtures for ones with modern finishes (like satin matte black or oil-rubbed bronze) or paint the existing ones. To paint, remove all fixtures and place them on a safe-to-paint surface outside (a drop cloth or cardboard works well). Rust-Oleum® has a line of metallic spray paint in popular finishes, so you can quickly update light fixtures, door locks and doorknobs. 

antique brass knobs can make a house look great

Add a unique touch

Time: Less than an hour

Supplies: Distinctive numbers and letters — either a decal, tiles or a DIY project

One way to set your home apart is to change the standard black and white number address stickers on your home. Most areas require the address number to be displayed either on the home or in the yard, so use this opportunity to show off your style. If you can't find anything you love at the store or online, make your own using these directions from the DIY Playbook.

unique house numbers can give a house character

Light it up

Time: Less than an hour

Supplies: Solar lights

Increase the curb appeal at dusk and dark by installing solar lights and spotlights. Buy lights at your local home improvement store and just stick them in the ground. Check out the impact this simple change made for The Morrisons

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Do a garage door makeover​

Time: 1-2 hours

Supplies: A carriage door kit from a hardware store and tools to install it

For about $20, you can buy the hardware needed to update your garage door. The decorative pieces easily fasten to the existing garage door, adding appeal to this very functional part of your home.

garage door carriage kit before and after.jpg

Clean gutters and trim​

Time: 1-2 hours

Supplies: A ladder, gloves and a power washer (available for rent at home improvement stores)

It's amazing how removing debris and cleaning the siding and trim can make your home sparkle. Use the power washer to blow leaves out of the gutters and then remove dirt and grime from all the key areas (around doors, next to gutters, etc.).

cleaning gutters can improve curb appeal

Hang a wreath

Time: Less than 10 minutes

Supplies: Wreath and hanger

There's something inviting about a beautiful, lush wreath on the door. It doesn't have to be holiday specific, though it can be. You can use an over-the-door hanger or a stick-on hook to hold the wreath.

a front door wreath adds appeal to the outside of the home

Do-it-yourself front yard landscaping

After finishing the tasks around the home, don't neglect the front yard! When it comes to curb appeal, landscaping is important. Check out our DIY lawn maintenance tips to get a healthy lawn, and then add these landscaping tricks to make the home look great.

Add plush plants​

Time: 1-2 hours

Supplies: Plants, planters and potting soil

Ferns and nicely potted plants around the doors and entry way can help liven up a home. Choose neutral planters with bigger plants, or go bold with bright planters and fresh greenery. Keep the area open and inviting by placing only one plant on each side of the door, or a few plants down a walkway. Too much clutter can be distracting. 

front door landscaping

Add edging and mulch​

Time: 1-3 hours

Supplies: Mulch, edging stones, shovel, and gloves

Break up large areas by adding edging to walkways and around plants. Replace any old, discolored mulch with fresh — it adds visual interest to flowerbeds and around trees and shrubs. By taking a little more time on this landscaping task, your home will look polished. 

front yard tree landscaping

Add interesting furniture​

Time: Less than an hour

Supplies: New furniture or paint for old furniture

If you don't want to take care of plants or you live in a climate that's not ideal for growing, furniture can be a good substitute. Whether it's bright colored rocking chairs or an ornate bench and table, furniture on your porch or in the front yard can make passersby take notice.

bright colored furniture front porch curb appeal

Clean sidewalks and driveways  ​

Time: 1-2 hours

Supplies: Concrete cleaner and a power washer (can rent them at home improvement stores)

Over time, walkways and driveways can get dirty and dingy. Clean these areas, making them look brand new. If there are grease stains or other hard-to-clean spots, use concrete cleaner along with the high-powered water spray.

cleaning sidewalks can improve the look of the home

Add fresh flowers

Time: 1-3 hours

Supplies: Flowers, potting soil, gardening tools, and gloves

Add colorful flowers anywhere you can — hanging baskets, ceramic pots or flowerbeds. Mix up the colors and textures of the plants for visual interest.

flowers for front landscaping

Share your curb appeal projects with us

We would love to see your projects! We especially enjoy seeing before and after pictures showcasing how these easy DIY landscape ideas and other home improvement projects made an impact. Share pictures with us on Facebook or Pinterest