As a homeowner, you want your house to look nice and retain its value. One of the easiest ways to do this is to invest in home exterior renovations. However, these don’t have to be big, expensive projects. Many can be done on a small budget and still yield a high return on investment (ROI).
Your home’s exterior is often the first thing that others see, and first impressions matter. This is especially true when you go to sell. Potential buyers will judge your home based on how it looks on the outside, whether they walk by in person or look at it online.
So, if you want to give your house a facelift, here are some exterior renovations to try:
1. Upgrade the front door
The front door is the focal point of your house. It can make or break the entire facade. Some simple ways to give it a facelift include hanging a wreath or adding a nice doormat. But if you really want to go all out, consider painting or staining the front door.
Opt for a bold color to make a statement or keep it neutral. Either way, you should choose a color that compliments the colors on the rest of your house.
Before painting or staining the front door, however, remove the door from the frame by unscrewing it from the hinges and then give it a thorough wash to remove any dirt buildup. This will make painting the door much easier.
2. Update the exterior lighting
Another easy exterior upgrade is improving your home’s outdoor lighting. This may be as simple as changing burned-out lightbulbs. But it could also mean upgrading hardware, installing motion sensor lights to save on electricity, or setting up automatic timers that turn lights on once it gets dark.
Any of the above can help your house stand out at night and create a warm, welcoming glow—not to mention improve safety by making it easier for you and visitors to see where you are stepping at night.
3. Replace windows
Replacing old or broken windows is a great way to add value to your home. Your home may have older single-pane windows that are less insulated and energy-efficient. By upgrading to double- or triple-pane windows, you can save on long-term utility costs.
Installing replacement windows is best done by hiring a professional contractor. It requires special skills, materials, and tools you probably don’t have. Plus, it can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.
4. Touchup the exterior paint
Paint doesn’t last forever. Over time, it fades and peels, leaving your house looking old and decrepit. So why not give your house a fresh coat? You can repaint the whole house or just part of it, like the trim. Either approach can go a long way in giving your house exterior a needed facelift.
Again, choose a paint color that complements your house’s existing colors. Otherwise, you can redo the whole thing with a new color to give your house a brand-new look.
5. Pressure wash the exterior, driveway, and sidewalks
Lastly, you can always pressure wash the outside of your house. This may sound more like a chore than a renovation, but it’s a much-needed task that many homeowners neglect. After all, your house walls, driveway, and sidewalks can get pretty dirty over time.
So buy or rent a pressure washer. Then start removing the dirt and grime that’s been building up over who knows how long. You’ll be surprised at what a simple wash can do.
There you have it! Five budget-friendly home exterior renovation ideas. Start with the one you find most manageable and see the impact it has on your house’s look and feel.