Top 10 Tips To Update Your Exterior on a Budget

Today I am taking your through my top 10 tips for updating your exterior and improving your curb appeal. For all three of our home flips, we did major work on the exterior of the home. The most effective updates were inexpensive and brought our homes into the modern era. 


And I don't mean the entire exterior, which can be expensive. Adding a pop of color to your front door or painting the chipped concrete on your porch can make your exterior more welcoming and put together.  You can also paint your gutters without the expense of replacing old and stained gutters.

The exterior of this home is clean and crisp. The bold color on the door welcomes guests into the home.

We painted the ceiling white and the porch floors a light gray (they used to be a dark red and chipping). We also ended up trimming out the windows on the second floor in white (not shown).


Porch lights are like the eyes of your home. Updating the light fixture can completely change the look of a dated entryway.  Adding solar lights to your walkway or spotlights on your home can also help people to see your house in a whole new light (pun intended).

Jackie and Jeff lined their walkway with solar lights to up the curb appeal at night. Get a full tour of their home here.


Replacing an entire door can be a pricey upgrade, but often times you can get a similar result by painting the door and swapping out the hardware for a more modern look.

Debbie added a kick plate and updated the door hardware. For more tips from Debbie on staging a home, check out this post.


This can be an inexpensive update and makes a big difference. In our previous home, the door was sandwiched between two yellow tinted, diamond glass windows. We replaced the glass with a regular window and not only did it get rid of the 70's feel, it brought more light into the front entrance of our home. This cost us about $400. Check out the full exterior updates here.


Add some life and greenery to your porch with big potted plants. Don't forget the tip for creating a visually appealing pot - thriller, filler, spiller!

Thriller, filler and spiller!

Potted plants and seating give this sweet little cottage a welcoming feel.

Our first home has potted flowers and a hanging plant on our tiny porch. For a look at all of the exterior updates for this home, check out this post.


You can do this by purchasing modern new numbers, spray painting old and dated ones, or my favorite for older homes - buy a plaque with your full address included and hang it on your porch.

Modern numbers on a 1920's home. For this full home renovation, check out this post.

I love the new numbers added to this 1920's home.

For around $60, you can give your house a custom look with this plaque.

Example of a plaque we both for our first home - click picture for link to Amazon.

Example of a plaque we both for our first home - click picture for link to Amazon.


Shutters can add a lot of character to your home with little effort. Think of shutters as the mascara on the eyes of your home, they help to make your home look more welcoming and awake!

I love the look of shutters on a Cape house. For a tour of our current home, check out this post.


If you have a front porch, add a swing or rocking chairs to draw people towards the front of your home.

Rocking chairs and a bench invite guests onto the porch.


This is a small one but makes one of the biggest difference! A fresh cut lawn, weeded yard and mulched flower beds show that the owners love their home. My preferred mulch color is dark brown or black.

Fresh mulch in a clean flower bed brighten up the exterior of this home.

For more details on the exterior renovations at the neighborhood house, check out this post.


Wash away the grime on your home with a good power wash. And while you are at it, wash your windows too!