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7 Ideas to Boost Your Home's Exterior on a Budget

June 6th, 2024 | 4 min read

By Kaylea Kuhlman

Exterior of house painted beige with white trim and garage doors and bushes outside.

Enhancing your home's exterior curb appeal doesn't have to cost a fortune. Especially for those of us in Omaha who are feeling the effects of increased prices on everything. With a few budget-friendly changes, you can transform the look of your home and create a welcoming first impression. 

If you are planning on selling your home soon, a few of these cost-effective exterior upgrades could help your resale value increase.

Brush & Roll Painting is a high-quality residential exterior painter in Omaha, NE. Although we also believe in the benefits of exterior painting to boost your curb appeal, we know this is an investment. We also know the littlest changes can make a big difference when it comes to your home. 


In this article, we will discuss 7 ideas to boost your exterior home curb appeal, while your on a tight budget. By reading this article, you can get prepared improve the look of your home in a cheap, cost-effective way.

1. Re-Paint Your Front Door

Repainting your front door is a simple and cost-effective way to instantly boost your home's curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint can make your entrance pop and create a welcoming first impression for visitors and potential buyers alike.

Whether you opt for a bold and vibrant color to make a statement or a classic and timeless hue to complement your home's exterior, the choice is yours. By taking the time to repaint your front door or hiring a painter to do so, you can elevate the overall look of your home without breaking the bank. 

Power washer being sprayed onto exterior of beige house.

2. Clean The Exterior Of Your Home

The exterior of your home is something that people will see pretty much immediately as they are walking by, and if it looks dirty, their thoughts on the state of your home are not going to be particularly positive.

If you choose to hire someone to clean the exterior of your home, you can expect to pay roughly $400-800, depending on the size of your home. Another option is renting a power washer. This significantly reduces the cost, though it can be a time consuming matter. 

Cleaning your home well worth doing a couple of times a year if not more, especially with our unpredictable weather in Omaha. 

In addition to the siding, you can also power-wash driveway, and walkways. Remove any clutter from the yard, such as old furniture or garden tools.

3. Exterior House Planters

House planters are the kind of things that you see hanging from the windows of the house, and can have a variety of plants growing from them or even flowers or herbs.

The really nice thing about planters is that you don't necessarily have to get only one color planters, though you can certainly do that if you want to get them to match a particular color scheme.

Another bonus with having house planters is that you can choose to plant seasonally available herbs or other edible plants that can benefit your cooking.

4. Repair and Maintain Your House Exterior

Inspecting and addressing any visible issues such as cracked walkways, broken railings, or damaged gutters is crucial for maintaining the overall appearance and integrity of your home.

Regular maintenance not only keeps your property looking well-kept but also helps prevent potential safety hazards and costly repairs in the future. By promptly fixing these issues, you can ensure that your home maintains its curb appeal and remains a welcoming and attractive space for both residents and visitors alike.

Person trimming their tree branches in the winter.

5. Trim Your Trees

Another thing you can do to make your curb appeal improve without having to invest a lot of money is to trim your trees near your house.

In addition to this improving your curb appeal, it will also improve the safety elements of trees having branches that are possibly going to swing wildly in the wind and maybe even damage parts of your home if they blow off or just sway into the house.

Though of course tree trimming requires knowledge of how to do it correctly, it is something that is well worth doing periodically even if it means you have to hire a contractor to do so.

6. Illuminate Your Exterior Walkway

The walkway to your door(s) if they are not illuminated can be a bit of a danger at night and cause people to even trip and fall, which is something you do not want.

The best thing you could do is to get the sort of lights on your walkway that have a chargeable battery that charges during the day (solar power, in other words) and then releases the power at night to illuminate your walkway or walkways.

This is just the kind of thing that is really good for both your curb appeal and helping people get to your front door... presuming that you want to get them there in the first place! 

7. Replace Exterior House Numbers

Updating your house numbers may seem like a small detail, but it can have a significant impact on the overall look of your home. By replacing old, faded numbers with new ones, you can instantly add a touch of freshness to your exterior. This will especially make a difference if your are hard to read. Keep in mind the size and lighting around the numbers.

Whether you choose sleek modern numbers or classic, elegant ones, the new house numbers will not only enhance the curb appeal of your home but also make it easier for visitors and delivery personnel to find your house. It's a simple yet effective way to make a big difference in the appearance of your home.

Front porch on home with chairs and bushes.

8. Add Decor To Your Front Porch

To further enhance the welcoming feel of your home, consider adding a new doormat with a fun or stylish design to greet guests as they arrive. A well-chosen wreath on the front door can add a touch of seasonal charm or personal flair, making a statement before visitors even step inside.

Additionally, incorporating outdoor art, such as sculptures, wind chimes, or decorative planters, can bring personality and visual interest into your front porch area. These small decorative touches not only contribute to the overall curb appeal of your home but also create a warm and inviting atmosphere for all who approach your doorstep.

Boosting Your Exterior Curb Appeal

In conclusion, enhancing your home's curb appeal doesn't have to break the bank. With these 7 budget-friendly ideas, you can make cost-effective upgrades to transform the exterior of your home and create a welcoming first impression. 

Brush & Roll Painting is a premier exterior home painting company in Omaha, NE. With our expertise in helping homeowners transform their homes since 1996, we know exterior painting is an investment that not everyone is ready for, so these little changes can go a long way.


While investing in small exterior painting projects, it's still important that you are confident in the process. This will help you ensure that you love the results as well as removing the risk of costly mistakes.

Next, download your exterior painting project checklist, so you can confidently mark off each stage of your exterior project, big or small.

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Kaylea Kuhlman

Kaylea is the Brush & Roll Painting Content Manager.