Budget-friendly projects to give your home instant curb appeal

Written by Jessy Howe

It’s officially spring which means the only thing many of us want to do is get outside to enjoy the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air, and begin working around the house. Thanks to this wonderful time of year, we’ve compiled our favorite budget-friendly project ideas to give your home instant curb appeal!

Update your front door

Give your home an easy update by putting a fresh coat of paint on the door. This is a much easier update than repainting your entire home and selecting a bright, fun door color can easily transform your look.

Blue front door
Courtesy of  Beneath My Heart
Yellow front doorCourtesy of  By Stephanie Lynn

Detail the garage

Add simple hardware for extra detail or channel your inner Joanna Gaines and build a pergola. Go big or go home, right?

Pergola over garageCourtesy of  Better Homes & Gardens
New garage hardwareCourtesy of  Coach House Accents

Welcome in your guests

And yourself for that matter. Decorate your porch space by hanging a wreath or welcome sign, setting out flower pots, replacing your old door mat, cleaning your door, and touching up paint if needed.

Front porch make overCourtesy of  Lonny.com
Front porch decorCourtesy of  Frugal Coupon Living

Front porch, home exterior

Add shutters

Spruce up those boring windows by adding nice, new shutters. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, add flower boxes for good measure.

Wooden exterior window shutters
Courtesy of  Hometalk
Window shutters
Courtesy of  Southern Living

Refresh your house numbers

There are so many great creative takes on freshening up your house numbers. Smaller details, as shown in the photos below, can make all the difference.

Statement house numberCourtesy of  Sprezzatura-Eleganza
House numbersCourtesy of  Family Focus Blog

Plant flowers

Perhaps one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do is plant flowers and spruce up your landscaping. Before purchasing flats of flowers or potted plants, be sure to think about where you’d like them so you know if you’ll be buying for full sun or partial shade.

Front lawn flowersCourtesy of  Garden Gate Notes
Potted flowersCourtesy of  The Friendly Home

Edge your flower beds

Use stones, bricks, or timber to close in your flower beds. This will give your landscaping a fresh clean look and you’ll protect your flowers while mowing the lawn.

Flower bed surrounding tree
Courtesy of  Hometalk
Edged flower bed
Courtesy of  remodelaholic.com



Light your space

Not only is this a functional improvement, but it looks great in the evenings along your walkways and on the porch.

String porch lightsCourtesy of  Liz Marie Blog
Solar garden lightsCourtesy of  gardeners.com

Make a statement

Here is where things can get fun. Statement yard and garden art has been a long time favorite by many and if you’ve been dying to try it, this is your moment.

Garden bicycle planterCourtesy of  Hymns & Verses
Garden tree stumpsCourtesy of  Glamshelf

With these ideas, you’ll find a renewed love for your home and want to show off its mini makeover to all your friends and family! For more curb appeal inspiration follow us on Pinterest and like us on Facebook. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

Landscaping 101

Written by Claire Schneider

Does your yard scare the neighborhood children? Does it need some TLC, but you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry because we have simple tips to turn your yard into a landscaping wonder!

Quick stat: According to Bob Villa, the first impression, aka the yard, can add 20% to your home’s value, a figure that rivals the return on a new kitchen or bath.

Before you begin

landscapingBefore starting any projects, make a wish list. What would your ideal yard look like? How do you plan to use it? Do your kids or pets need a nice grassy area? Do you want a formal look or a natural one? These are just some of the questions to consider when landscaping. Once you have your vision, draw a sketch of your dream yard and include designated locations. For example, a dining space with a grill, a lounge area accompanied with a hammock, and general open areas. The sketch doesn’t have to be fancy; just some circles and squares with labels will do.

Better Homes and Gardens also recommends studying the sun and wind patterns. If you’re building a patio, you might want to place it on the west side of the house. Just remember, it will get a lot of afternoon sun. This means dinnertime in August will be served up with a side of sweltering heat. Wind whistling around a corner will quickly extinguish a fire pit. These are common design mistakes novice landscapers make.

Remember, landscaping projects don’t need to be completed all at once. You can continually add to it over time. Not everyone is Ahmed Hassan from Yard Crashers, who enlists a team of 20 people to make over a yard in just a few days. So start small by adding focal points, such as a flower bed or a modest rock garden, and live with those for a while. Once you’re comfortable carrying your plan forward, the final draft of your sketches will become an eye-pleasing reality. Add family and friends and you’ve got yourself the best outdoor entertainment space on the block!

Simple landscaping tips

1.  Keep it green and clean. It’s important to protect your landscaping investment and keep your property looking its very best. According to WikiHow, taller grass is healthier grass. It shades out weed seeds, preventing them from sprouting. It keeps the soil cooler, moist longer and encourages the proliferation of soil microbes. This doesn’t mean let the lawn go wild but instead when mowing your lawn, have the blades set at the highest setting (3 1/2 to 4 inches).  Also keep the lawn raked and free from pine needles and leaves for a nice clean look.

2.  Trim plants. Shaping plants not only enhances their beauty and gives a manicured look, it also allows sun to reach their center. This is essential to plant health. The best time to trim plants is early spring or late fall.

3.  Add colors and textures. When selecting plants, make sure they have variations in color and textures throughout the year. This will ensure your yard will always have visual interest. Choose flowering plants for warm weather, bushes with leaves that change color seasonally, or have colored berries during the winter.

4.  Mulch: Your new best friend. Adding mulch to flower beds is a simple and inexpensive way to add curb appeal. Mulch makes it look like you spent hours gardening, when actually it only took a few minutes to add it to flower beds.

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