We’ve all been taught that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, however, when it comes to your home, first impressions are everything. A drab exterior can certainly affect first impressions, while a beautiful and well-kept design is inviting and pleasing to the eye.
If you think your exterior looks less than stellar, the good news is that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make a transformation. Whether you’re looking to sell your home in the near future, or are just looking to freshen up your home for the summer, we’ve rounded up the top budget-friendly shortcuts that are sure to make a huge difference!
Spruce Up With Paint
Painting can make an immediate difference on the look and feel of your home. At $30 a gallon, this project won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
You can spruce up your entire home with a fresh coat of paint or choose specific places with a contrasting color. For example, choosing a bold color for your front door, trim or shutters will breathe some life back into your house. Some trendy options to consider are turquoise, green, red, yellow, indigo and mint.
Pro Tip: Remember to prep all surfaces before you paint so that you can get great results. Plus, this will help with the longevity of your paint.
Replace Exterior Lighting
Replacing your outdated exterior lighting can make a beautiful impact. Remember when purchasing exterior lighting, it’s important to consider not only the style, but the function of the lights. You’ll want to illuminate your entire entryway so that you can make it safer. Solar lights are a great option, plus there is the added benefit that they won’t increase your electric bill. Use them to not only illuminate pathways, but to highlight trees and landscaping at night, too.
Pro Tip: Look for fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones to save yourself time and frustration.
Make Windows Look Larger With Shutters
If you dream of bigger windows, but it doesn’t quite fit into your budget, adding shutters can create the illusion you desire. In fact, adding shutters to your current windows can make them look twice their size! The shutters will break up a large and boring exterior wall which will give your home lots of visual interest.
Pro Tip: When choosing a specific color, look for something that is the complete opposite of the color of your home. This will make them pop even more. For example, black or navy shutters look great on a white or soft-beige colored home.
Clean Your Windows
Making your windows sparkle by cleaning them inside and out is a quick way to brighten up the exterior of your home. If you’re washing your windows yourself, this project will cost next to nothing.
If you have a two-story home, be sure to use proper ladder safety techniques. For example, always keep two feet planted firmly on the ladder and keep one hand consistently gripping a rung. Have someone hold the base of the ladder to ensure that it’s steady. Use a garden hose to wash the outside windows and remove and dirt and cobwebs quickly.
Pro Tip: Use a mixture of a small amount of vinegar or detergent diluted in warm water to make your windows shine.
Tend to Your Flower Beds
Groomed flower beds are an affordable way to make the exterior of your home more appealing. With mulch at a few dollars per bag and annuals less than $20, you can spruce up your garden quickly on a budget. All you’ll need is a bit of time and commitment.
Start by removing any weeds and debris from your planting beds. Then, add a few bags of mulch and spread enough of it to cover the width and length of your home’s front beds. Mulch will make your garden look well-groomed and give your home a fresh appearance.
Then, choose some annual flowers like pansies, black-eyed Susan, impatiens and petunias for a pop of color. Annuals are the best choice because they grow quickly, are relatively inexpensive and bloom longer.
Pro Tip: Plant brightly colored annuals in the spring and summer and autumn tones like red, orange and yellow in the fall. Changing it up often will give your home a fresh feel every few months.
Trim Trees & Bushes
Overgrown bushes and trees can be an eyesore. Removing branches that block walkways, windows and the driveway will help your home feel alive again.
Hedge or pruning shears should be sufficient for the job, however, in rare cases you may need a pro to tackle very large tree limbs. The great thing about this project is that it costs next to nothing. All you’ll need is a bit of time.
Pro Tip: If you’re short on cash, ask one of your friendly neighbors if you can borrow a pair of shears. If you need to purchase your own, expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $50.
Your mailbox should complement the home and express your family’s personality. When choosing a mailbox, pick one that is similar to your home’s color palette.
Pro Tip: A great way to dress up your mailbox is to plant a garden surrounding your mailbox. This will give your home an inviting and cheerful look.
Curb appeal should not be overlooked when it comes to your home and is especially important if you intend to sell in the future. These simple fixes will take the exterior of your home from drab to fab!
What other quick fixes have you found that make a big difference? Leave us a comment below!