Easy Exterior Home Improvements that Make a World of Difference

Easy Exterior Home Improvements that Make a World of Difference

Are you looking for a home improvement project that can freshen up your home, while not breaking the bank or taking up countless hours of your time? Here are 5 exterior projects that can add some “wow factor” to your home for $1000 or less.

1. Front Door

The front door is the first thing that your guests see when arriving to your home. Don’t underestimate the importance of a nice front door!

Monetary  Investment: Depending on the door, can range from $500-$1000 (+labor costs). This fiberglass door by Feather River at the Home Depot is one of my favorites!

Time Investment: 8 hours


2. Plant Flowers

Planting some bright flowers around your yard or in flower boxes, or adding a hanging or potted plant to your front porch is a beautiful way to add a “pop” of color while adding a homey touch. Impatiens, Zinnias and Marigolds are good plant choices for beginners – just pay attention to which thrive in sun and which do better in shade, and don’t forget to water them!

Monetary Investment: Less than $50.

Time Investment: 3 Hours or less


3. Mulch

Freshen up a tired garden area or yard by mulching around the front door, around trees, in garden beds, and any area that has become a haven of weeds & dirt. I recommend cedar mulch – the mulch tends to last longer and you may be able to get through 2 seasons.

Monetary Investment: Less than $200

Time Investment: 2-4 hours, depending on size of the areas that need to be mulched (not including mulch pickup)


4. Powerwash

Even siding, sidewalks, and driveways can use a good cleaning once in a while. Dirt & moss can really build up over the years, and dirty siding is often something overlooked by homeowners. But it’s such an easy fix! Light siding especially should be powerwashed every few years….just be careful not to get to close as you might damage the siding.

Monetary Investment: Powerwash Rental

Time Investment: 2 Hours


5. Freshen up your mailbox

Is your mailbox falling over or is the post in need of a fresh coat up paint? Prop it back up, repaint it, and add some new address numbers.

Is it damaged beyond repair? You can get a new mailbox & post for less than $100. This Stratford Mailbox is a favorite of mine.

Monetary Investment: Less than $100

Time Investment: 2 Hours

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