3. Replace or refresh your mailbox.
Cost: $50 and up
Time: 1-2 hours
A mailbox is one of the first things visitors will spot, especially if it’s freestanding by the street. If your mailbox is functionally in good shape, try a few tweaks to bump up the charm. For instance, you can repaint the mailbox post or plant flowers around the base. For mailboxes that are attached to the front entryway, a fresh coat of paint or adding new numbers can be a nice touch. “If your mailbox is looking worse for the wear, consider installing some newer options from your local hardware store,” Muller suggests.
Smart Tip: Make sure to follow all United States Postal Service mailbox guidelines when making changes.
4. Update house numbers.
Cost: $10 and up
Time: 1 hour
Are yours tarnished or outdated? You can refresh them with a good scrub or a new coat of paint, or replace them with something more stylish. “This is like adding jewelry to your house,” Upton says. Look for new options at a home goods store or at online retailers such as Etsy. No matter what, ensure that you can read them clearly from the street, even in the dark. Easy to spot house numbers can save emergency responders valuable time when trying to locate a home.
5. Change fixtures.
Cost: $30 and up, depending on the number and type of fixtures you replace
Time: an afternoon
Changing out or refinishing the doorknob will enhance the front space, Muller says. Same goes for the door knocker and light fixtures, if they’re looking dated or old.
While you’re at it, make sure all your light bulbs are working and that they emit a pleasing glow. You can also add lighting—think strings of weather-proof lights for porches and solar-powered lighting along walkways—if your space is not well lit.