Last Updated on June 26, 2023 by lindseymahoney
While the bulk of our budget went to interior projects at the Toledo flip house, I tackled some affordable exterior updates as well. The curb appeal of a house is incredibly important when selling a property. When flipping a house, investors are always considering their bottom line, so I had to get thrifty with some of these projects to keep our costs low.
Here is what the property looked like before any exterior updates.
And here it is after we updated the exterior of the house.
Table of Contents
- Exterior Updates to Improve Curb Appeal
- New Roof
- Tree Removal
- Paint the Fascia Board Trim
- Additional Exterior Paint Projects
- New Front & Back Door
- Clean out the Flower Beds
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Exterior Updates to Improve Curb Appeal
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There was no way around installing a new roof and it was the first project we tackled. The original roof was in bad shape and needed to be completely scraped and replaced.
While I would not consider this an “affordable” update, it was necessary for the structural integrity of the home. I chose a charcoal shingle color and it already makes the house look so much better! The gutters also needed to be replaced.
Before we closed on the property, we had to remove multiple trees in the backyard. One of the trees was leaning on the neighbor’s house and we could not get insurance if it was not removed before closing on the property. It was a pretty quick fix, but we paid about $1,000 for removal.
Paint the Fascia Board Trim
To save on cost, I kept the same paint color on the fascia (trim) around the house. I color-matched the chipped paint at Home Depot to keep a cohesive look with the window trim. With the new roof and gutters, the paint is really making this house pop when you walk past!
Additional Exterior Paint Projects
Along with freshening up the trim boards, I also painted the garage door black. The side porch will get a fresh coat of paint along with the shutters and attic vent above the garage. Taking on paint projects yourself is an excellent way to save money with exterior improvements.
New Front & Back Door
We installed a new, Craftsman-style front door and painted it a welcoming green that matches the side porch.
I also had the back door replaced because it was completely rotted.
Clean out the Flower Beds
Clearly defining your flower beds and creating a defined edge is an easy and affordable exterior update that you can do yourself. The flower beds at our flip house needed a lot of love.
I weeded the garden bed, trimmed the holly bush, pulled down the ivy, and added fresh mulch.
I didn’t spend a fortune on new plants, but I was able to show potential buyers that the home is cared for and they have a clean slate to work with.
Thanks for checking out the affordable exterior updates we accomplished at our Toledo flip house! Check out the laundry room/mudroom transformation at this cute bungalow.
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