Whether you are staying in your house or selling it, you get one opportunity to make a first impression. If your place is starting to lack curb appeal, consider a few affordable ways to improve the exterior of your home.

Look at the Landscaping

Huge bushes and gardens full of weeds definitely make a home look shoddy. Get rid of the weeds and take out large shrubs that are taking over the property. Today recommends taking out bushes yourself to save money on the cost of a landscaper, which can add up to hundreds of dollars. Plant colorful flowers that bring a touch of life to your gardens and make them look well-maintained.

Update the Windows and Doors

Everyone is sure to notice the front door. If it is banged up or scuffed, it makes the house look older. A door with a glass insert is attractive and lets in natural light. Updated windows give the house a face-lift and can make it more energy efficient.

Paint Goes a Long Way 

For those who might not have the budget to replace windows and doors, painting the trim can refresh the appearance of your home. Add a coat of paint to the rest of the exterior of the house for a whole new look. Paint is one of the most budget-conscious ways to improve the appearance of a home.

You’ve Got the Power

If the house is just dirty or dingy, you can put the paint cans away and hire a power washing service instead. Pressure washing a home can get rid of the debris, mold and icky stuff that builds up over time. Try power washing before you start painting, as the house might just need a good cleaning.

Let There Be Light

Adding solar lights is an excellent way to spotlight gardens and walkways without making a major electrical investment. These affordable lights add illumination and beauty to a home at night.

For a nominal investment, you can improve the exterior of your home and feel proud of the way it looks.