Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by lindseymahoney
Today I am sharing quick and easy exterior updates to instantly improve the curb appeal of your home.
When working on our flip houses (and family homes), we did major work to the exterior to improve curb appeal.
Curb appeal is the first impression you give to potential buyers and therefore is extremely important. The exterior of your home sets the tone for what buyers can expect inside the house and will attract more buyers.
10 Exterior Updates to Improve Curb Appeal
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1 | Paint the Exterior
A fresh coat of paint can make the exterior of a home look brand new again! Depending on your budget and the condition of your home, you may need a little or a lot of paint.
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.
I also spray-painted the address numbers that were old and rusted.
2 | Update Exterior Lighting
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 see your house in a whole new light (pun intended).
3 | Front Door Updates
Replacing an entire door can be a pricey upgrade, but worth it if the door is in terrible shape and not working properly. We replaced the door at our flip house and it made a huge difference cosmetically and efficiency-wise.
In many instances, you can get a similar result by painting the door and swapping out the hardware for a more modern look. This is much less expensive and can give the front entryway a nice facelift.
4 | Replace Dated Glass Windows
This can be an inexpensive update and makes a big difference. In our previous home, the front 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, but it also brought more light into the front entrance of our home. This cost us about $400.
Here is the front door before:
And that same view after with new glass windows.
5 | Add Greenery With Potted Plants
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!
A floral wreath is another affordable way to add greenery to your front entry.
6 | Update Your Address Numbers
This is an easy exterior update that can be done with the purchase of new modern numbers or painting the current numbers.
My favorite curb appeal update for older homes is to customize an address plaque with your full address and hang it next to the door. The plaque creates a stately feel and is perfect for older homes.
If your home is historically registered, display that plaque as well!
7 | Add Visual Interest with Shutters
Shutters 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!
The exterior updates of this colonial-style home below ooze with curb appeal. The owners nailed all of the tips highlighted in this blog post.
The exterior is painted a fresh coat of white, the shutters painted black, new black gutters, updated address numbers, and a welcoming front entrance.
This Toledo, Ohio Airbnb has so much charm. The shutters, lighting, and bright paint color welcome all guests. I can’t get enough of this gorgeous exterior!
8 | Create Gathering Spots on the Porch
If you have a front porch, add a swing or rocking chairs to draw people toward the front of your home and invite them to stay.
Staging your home to sell is about showing off a lifestyle that the buyers will want.
Who doesn’t want a welcoming front porch where you can hang out with friends and family?
9. Weed Flowerbeds & Add Mulch
This is a small one but will make a huge difference! A fresh-cut lawn and flower beds with new mulch show potential buyers that this home is loved and taken care of.
A little sweat equity with weeding and laying mulch will go a long way to improve the curb appeal. If you are feeling really motivated, consider adding unique garden edging around the flower beds.
If a buyer pulls up to a house where the exterior is in disrepair, it sets off red flags that the home may have hidden issues from neglect.
The historic Bosler House underwent a huge exterior renovation to create jaw-dropping curb appeal.
The interior renovations with before and after images are available as well!
10 | Wash the Siding and Windows
Wash away the grime on your home with a good power wash.
And while you are at it, wash your windows too! When windows have been washed, they let in much more sunlight and look beautiful from the outside too!
11 | Hang Window Boxes
One of the quickest ways to add charm to your home is with window boxes! These days there are tons of options to easily install window boxes and keep your flowers alive.
These budget-friendly and easy exterior ideas are sure to improve the curb appeal and make your home stand out!
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