There are a number of ways homeowners can update the exteriors of their homes. Some are more costly than others, but with a little planning and DIY know-how, you can make simple updates that look great and don’t cost a fortune. Check out some of these great (and inexpensive) DIY exterior home updates.

1. Clean Up and Maintain!

This is by far the easiest and most low cost thing you can do for your home. Cut the grass, trim any shrubs or bushes (or add some!), give the house a power wash, clear debris, and refresh plant and flower beds.

2. A Little Paint Goes A Long Way…

Painting is a great way to give your home a refreshed look. If you are on a real tight budget, you can paint just the trim around the doors and windows of the home.

3. Landscape

According to most home designers, the landscape of your home is the most important to its exterior. It is suggested that you have a plan to update your landscape. The best way to start is to look at your home from the curb (or maybe even a bit further) to view your entire front yard. Would you like to replace tall trees with shorter ones to uncover windows? Are there flowers that do not match the color of the home? These are just a couple of questions to ask yourself when coming up with a landscaping plan to increase curb appear.

4. Lighting

Updates in light fixtures can transform the exterior of your home. Similar to creating a plan for your landscape, go to your curb at night and make a plan for the lighting of your home. If your lighting is dull, the fix may be as simple as replacing standard bulbs with LED bulbs. Remember, proper lighting can also reduce theft and improve home safety.

5. Minor Updates

Once you have done the steps above, there a few more minor updates you can do to improve your home’s exterior: replacing the door numbers on your home can give the exterior a new look, replacing a mailbox can help upgrade curb appeal, and swapping old door handles for new ones can give your entire door a new look.

Need more help updating the exterior of your home? Contact your local Mr. Handyman by calling 877-256-3376 or request service in your area. Remember, DIY doesn't mean you have to do it all by yourself!