A fresh pop of color at the front door can change the entire feel of your home. (Dreamstime)

5 ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal

Everyone wants the prettiest home on the block, which is why curb appeal never gets old. It’s that bump of pride you feel every time you pull into the driveway or stroll up the front walk. Curb appeal also adds value to your home, since it will bring in buyers when the time comes to sell. And a lot of projects are DIY-friendly, meaning homeowners with the right mix of time, tools and talent can make their homes more appealing at minimal cost.

Here are five projects to consider:

If you’re comfortable wielding a paintbrush, the project might cost less than $50. Paying a pro will range from $100 to $300, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide.

Pressure washers take up a lot of storage space, plus they can be dangerous, causing thousands of injuries every year. So, it’s best to hire a pro for this project. The average cost for professional power washing is $281, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide. If you insist on doing the work yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely. Besides causing physical harm, a pressure washer can pulverize siding and decking if not handled properly.

While experienced gardeners can prune foundation plantings, it’s best to leave taller trees and shrubs to the professionals. The average cost for the project is $745, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide. That’s money well spent, since besides promoting curb appeal, healthy trees and shrubs provide shade, sound absorption, and shelter for birds and other wildlife.

A capable DIYer can fill cracks and holes in a concrete walkway for little cost, or pay a professional around $300, according to HomeAdvisor’s True Cost Guide. Refurbishing a brick pathway, including putting in a new gravel base, might run as high as $1,200.

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