inexpensive ways to improve your home's curb appeal


Couple gardening to improve their curb appeal.

Whether you're trying to spruce up your home to get ready to sell or just want to make your house a home that you can take pride in, some simple updates to improve your curb appeal can work wonders on a home. But don’t let the thought of more home projects stress you out. Upgrading your curb appeal can be easy, and it doesn't have to break the bank!

  1. Paint the front door

  2. Update the outside hardware

  3. Add some dazzling landscaping

  4. Decorate with a seasonal wreath

  5. Incorporate outdoor furniture


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1. paint the front door

Add some brightness and new life to your front porch with a fresh color on the front door. This is one of the easiest and most cost-efficient ways to start improving the curb appeal of your home. Pick a bright and bold color like red or blue, or keep things simple and clean-cut with black or white paint.

pro tip: Be sure to prime your surface before you paint on the new color! This will ensure a smooth finish. Wait until your primer is completely dry before you start to paint. Once it's time to paint, start with painting the details and trim work, and then continue with the rest of the door to make sure that no spot is missed.

2. update the hardware

Upgrading your doorknob and other hardware on the front of the home is another easy fix. From doorknobs to light fixtures, this is an area that you can get very creative with. Depending on the style of your home, you could choose a more modern look or decide to go the classic route – there's a very wide range of styles and price points to choose from! Just remember to keep functionality in mind. You don't want a stylish lighting piece to take away from the natural charm of your home, either!

3. add some dazzling landscaping

Add a fresh and springy feeling to your home with some simple landscaping. Landscaping doesn't need to be expensive. Consider installing some DIY flower boxes under the windows on the front of your home or potted plants on the steps leading to the front door.

don’t have a green thumb?

If you're concerned about the upkeep of a garden under your watch, try some of these lower-maintenance perennials instead. Plant any of these and watch them blossom and flourish every year!

Marigolds, Hosta's, Black-eyes Susan's. Easy to manage perennials.

Shasta Daisy, Coneflower, Sedum. Easy to manage perennials.

4. decorate with a seasonal wreath

Another way to add a splash of color to your home is with a seasonal wreath. These are easy to DIY, or if you’re not feeling creative, there are plenty of options to buy that will fit any style for any time of year. This is one fun way to really showcase your personality and style on the outside of your home!

Seasonal Wreaths to improve the curb appeal of your home. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.

feeling crafty?

Check out these fun and simple Spring DIY wreaths.

5. incorporate outdoor furniture

A beautiful porch is incomplete without some comfortable and aesthetically pleasing seating! How else will you enjoy all the hard work you’ve put into improving your home’s curb appeal? Adding a cheerful welcome mat, some comfortable seats and a small coffee table are the perfect final touches to your charming and welcoming front porch. Or you can invest in a deck. Building a deck can add some appeal to your home and make your next gathering even more enjoyable. Plus, finding the funding for a new deck can be simple when you tap into your home's equity.

pro tip: You can purchase outdoor furniture at a decent price at most home stores. Or you may even consider shopping around at your local second-hand store and sprucing some older pieces up with a fresh coat of paint and new outdoor cushions!

Beautiful backyard patio seating area. Comfy outdoor furniture.

time to get started!

Make your house a home with any or all these simple tricks and make a lasting first impression. Need the funds to get started? Use the equity in your home to get the cash you need with the help of our partners at Mortgage Center. They'll find you a great rate and provide even better service. If you're looking for a personal loan, BlueOx Credit Union has you covered!

benefits of a BlueOx Personal Loan:

  • Generous loan amounts for qualified members
  • Terms up to 60 months
  • Competitive low annual percentage rates
  • Open your loan online from start to finish

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You may also stop by any of our branches or call a Member Service Advisor at (800) 648-8035. Good credit and a signature are all you need!

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