First impressions matter – especially when it comes to your home. There are so many ways to make your home fit your personal style. Through landscaping, a fresh coat of paint, or simply updating a mailbox, small improvements can help make your home a showstopper. But contrary to popular belief, making improvements to the exterior of your manufactured home does not have to be costly.
Check out our top 10 most affordable home improvements you can make to enhance the curb appeal of your manufactured home.
1: Give your landscaping a makeover
The first step in beautifying your manufactured home is landscaping. Clear walkways and flower beds of weeds, shape up your shrubs, and make sure the lawn is freshly mown. A manicured lawn is a happy lawn.
2: Discover skirting options
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With new technology that increases durability and fashion, there are more skirting options than ever. Not only does skirting give your manufactured home a new, refined look, but it also provides practical uses such as protection from extreme weather and animals. Skirting your home can also reduce heating and cooling costs because of the extra insulation it provides, making your home more ecofriendly.
3:Replace house numbers
Doing something as simple as replacing your house numbers can drastically improve the overall appearance of your home. With different styles and textures available, you can choose styles ranging from sleek and sophisticated or warm and welcoming
4: Add a fresh coat of paint
There is nothing a coat of paint can’t fix! To change the color of your front door, pick up a quart of exterior paint from your nearest home improvement store; that’s all you will need. When choosing a color, try painting samples over your existing color to test what you like best. Be sure to look at the samples at different times during the day to ensure you like the color as the light changes outside.
5: Power wash your home
Looking a little green recently? You may be in need of a good scrub. Power washing is a quick fix to make for a whiter and brighter home. While professional power washing services in Florida can cost on average between $150 and $300, you can get the same results by heading to your local home improvement store and renting a power washer for roughly $30 per day. If you don’t need the extra power, a simple garden hose can get the job done!
6: Switch your door mat and add a front porch plant
Adding something as simple as a fun doormat can spruce up the front view of your home in no time. A potted plant or window box can also add a low-cost, low-maintenance pop to the entry of your manufactured home.
7: Replace outdoor lighting fixtures
Replacing outdoor light fixtures could be just what you need to add finishing touches to your manufactured home. If you want to spruce up your current fixtures for a fraction of the cost, a fresh coat of spray paint is another great option! Just make sure the breaker for the lights is shut off before replacing or refurbishing them.
8: Grow some color
Flowers are always a good idea! Create a warm and welcoming feel by planting some beautiful blooms near your walkway and front door. Try planting:
- Dune Sunflowers – beautiful yellow flowers that bloom year round
- Golden Rod – native Florida plant that grows tall with yellow blooms
- Tropical Sage – low maintenance native Florida plan that blooms in pink, white, or red
9: Deck it out
Adding a simple deck to your manufactured home is the easiest way to completely change the look and curb appeal. Decks and front porches can add peaceful outdoor living space, more room for outdoor plants, and even more storage while enhancing the overall attractiveness of your home. Interested in adding a deck or porch? Get some inspiration on where to start here!
10: Add a funky mailbox
Bright and bold or classic and elegant? There are a million options to choose from when it comes to mailboxes today. Select from different styles to find one that will match your home for under $100. Updating something as small as your mailbox could be the finishing touch your home needs! Take a look at these unique mailbox designs for some inspiration.
Using a few of these affordable tips can make your home feel like new while adding your own personal flair. Be sure to follow the Florida Manufactured Housing Association on Facebook and Instagram for more curb appeal inspiration!