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25 Ways to Get Instant Curb Appeal for Less Than $100

First impressions matter. Enhance your front yard so people will stop and stare at the first glance. The good thing is, it doesn't have to cost a fortune.

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Eye-Catching Charm on a Small Budget

There are dozens of small, inexpensive home improvements that can boost your home's curb appeal. A few minor upgrades can add up to a finished look that you can take pride in. And if you’re selling your home, improving its curb appeal can have a big impact. Many of these budget-friendly updates involve landscaping and maintenance while others are purely cosmetic. Whether your yard is small or oversized, we’ve got DIY and store-bought ideas to make your house the best on the block.

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Paint the Front Door

Most exterior paint costs about $35 a gallon. Painting your front door can add some brightness and revive the look of your entry. Pick a bold color that stands out, but make sure it coordinates with the other colors on your house. Properly prep all surfaces before you paint so you'll get great results that will last for years to come. Read this before you paint your front door.

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Hang Wall Art

Wall art is not just for interior spaces. Give your home’s exterior some personality by hanging a piece of wall art. You can find fun artwork like this groovy metal sun in a variety of sizes for around $50 to $75. Exterior wall art is a great way to fill a blank space, cover imperfections or add color. Look for weatherproof materials like powder-coated metal, stainless steel or ceramic, and make sure to securely hang your artwork so it won’t move in heavy winds.


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Plant a Tree, or Two or Three...

A well-manicured lawn with established trees, shrubs and plants will always boost a home's curb appeal. Start small with a few fast-growing trees and remember to water them often in the first year or so and fertilize them in the spring and fall. Trees not only help your home's curb appeal, but they'll also increase your property value, they can reduce your utility bill, improve air quality and reduce stress.

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