Transforming your home into the home of your dreams can be expensive and time-consuming, especially if your goals include changing the way it looks from the outside. If a full exterior renovation is still years away — or not in the cards at all — here are some easy ways to make your home look expensive.
Thoroughly clean everything
Dirty siding and dirty windows hurt your home’s curb appeal more than you might think. If it’s been a few years (or decades) since you’ve done a thorough exterior cleaning, this is the perfect place to start. Renting a pressure washer is a lot cheaper than having your house painted (and it’s fun, too). Also be sure to hit your driveways and driveway – concrete looks much better when it’s not covered in gunk.
Make the right fixes
It might not seem like a lot, but just taking care of minor repairs will make a huge difference in how your home looks from the outside. Cracked driveways with weeds, damaged window and door screens, loose hinges, dead light bulbs, and a number of other little things are quick and inexpensive to fix. You can also consider repainting your door and window trim for a fresher look, especially if it’s already chipped or cracked.
Update or replace your outdoor lighting
When it comes to aesthetics, lighting is paramount. Changing the intensity and temperature of your outdoor lighting will change the way people see your home. It can be as simple as replacing harsh bulbs with softer, warmer ones, or as elaborate as designing an entirely new lighting system from scratch.
Change your front door
Repainting or replacing your front door is one of the easiest ways to change the look of your home without completely remodeling it. If you have a specific look in mind and like a little DIY, try stripping and repainting your existing door (or one that’s new to you). It’s a relatively simple project that gives you complete creative control over the finished product. However, you don’t have to go the full DIY route if you don’t want to; the simple act of swapping out your doorknob and adding a knocker will change the look of your front door for a fraction of the effort (and cost). Here is a guide on the best and worst colors to paint your front door.
Decorate your front garden
A colorful and well maintained front garden is guaranteed to make your home more attractive. And don’t worry if professional landscapers aren’t in the budget – anyone, anywhere can plant a beautiful garden. Perennials are a great place to start because they come back year after year; Small trees, shrubs, succulents, and ground covers like clover or creeping thyme are also excellent. If in doubt, check your state university’s extension program for region-specific planting and gardening tips.
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