These San Diego summer days provide the perfect environment for swimming, barbecuing, enjoying a beach day and having fun with family and friends. We can certainly understand why you may not be inclined to start a complicated home project right now. While maybe it isn’t the best time to replace your driveway or finally build that backyard shed you’ve dreamed of, there are plenty of quick and easy projects to amp up your curb appeal without too much effort required.
These projects can all produce big results in a short amount of time on a very limited budget. Which ones will you try?
Spruce up your windows
If you want to make your windows look bigger or newer without actually replacing them, there are a couple of tricks you can try. The first is to install shutters. Not only do shutters add visual interest, but they also make the windows look twice their size. The second is to add window boxes and plant colorful flowers. Not only will this add a charm to the exterior of your home; you can enjoy the fruits of your labor from the inside, too.
Add landscape drama with lighting
Does your beautiful landscaping disappear as soon as the sun goes down? Not to worry – you can add nighttime curb appeal by strategically placing solar spotlights around your yard. You’ll save time and money by not having to run electricity out to the yard and you’ll still enjoy the drama of lighting up trees and other unique landscaping features.
Give the front door some love
Your front door is the first thing to greet your guests, so make it a cheerful hello! Give your front door a fresh coat of paint in a bold color and place a few pots of plants and flowers on each side. It’s a simple afternoon project and you’ll be amazed how such a small change can have such a huge impact.
Wash it off
If the outside of your home is looking a little dirty or tired, give it a good washing. You can use a garden hose turned to its strongest setting to clean off driveways, sidewalks and porches as well as the siding of your house. You may be amazed and how much dirt has built up over time that you hadn’t even noticed. If you have stubborn dirt, you can spend a little money to rent a pressure washer – just be sure not to use it on windows or get water under siding.
Clean it up
One of the best ways to spruce up your curb appeal is to give your front yard a thorough cleaning. This includes edging the grass, cleaning out the flowerbeds, weeding, trimming trees and bushes and raking up debris like dead leaves and grass. The best part is this doesn’t cost you a thing and can be completed in an afternoon.
Don’t let your San Diego summer fun get in the way of making the outside of your home look great. With just a small investment of time and money your home will look refreshed and you can get back to enjoying all the perks of the season.