Updating Your Home’s Exterior on a Budget
Spring will be springing later this month, and there’s something about the fresh air and crocuses that make us want to spruce up the house. Many of us will be focusing on spring cleaning this month, but our updating and cleaning up shouldn’t be limited to just the inside of the house. A limited budget isn’t any reason to neglect putting a few special touches on the exterior as well. Come home to a nice welcome by trying some of these budget-friendly tips on sprucing up your home’s exterior.
- Give it a good washing.
You can rent a pressure washer for a moderate price. Depending on what’s available in your area, you might spend $50 to $80 renting an electric or gas-powered pressure washer. If your home’s exterior is in good condition but looks grimy, then a good washing can really make a difference. Make sure that your read the directions on your washer carefully. If your house was built prior to 1978 and you think it might be painted with lead paint, then do not use a pressure washer; in this case, contact a professional to have the paint tested.
- Get out your paint brushes.
It might be overwhelming to paint the entire house, but you can always make things look lighter, brighter and newer by simply painting the wood trim around the windows and doors. You can also paint the door or replace it. A brightly painted door can give your home an unexpected pop of color. Choose something that complements or contrasts with the house’s color. Remember, even if you decide you don’t like it, it’s easy (and inexpensive) enough to simply paint over it again, so feel free to experiment!
- Mow, trim and clip.
Once the snow melts, you might find that your yard and garden look a bit scraggly. Mow the lawn, trim the edges carefully and clip back any bushes that are making your property look unkempt. Sweep the walkways and your front entry to keep it all looking neat. While you're at it, replace old mulch and plant some annuals once it warms up. If you don’t have the desire or space for flowers in the ground, consider putting some containers on the porch or front entryway.
- Add some charming touches.
If you have a front porch, a couple of rocking chairs and a small table invite someone to stop by and have a glass of iced tea. Some walkway lighting or a small fountain can also boost your home’s curb appeal. Think about what you already have, or scout out some yard sales to find pieces that will complement your home’s exterior.
Making your house look nice doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Basic cleaning up is often necessary after the long winter, and it can make a world of difference. From there, just a few small, inexpensive touches can make you and visitors feel welcome and make a great first impression.