The exterior of your home is the first thing people see when they arrive making it important to keep it in good condition. This is especially true when trying to sell your home. Updating the exterior doesn’t have to be hard or even expensive. I’ve outlined a few easy updates you can do over a weekend to take your home’s curb appeal to the next level.

Paint the front door
There’s nothing that catches the eye more than a brightly painted front door. Adding a fresh coat of paint to your door is a sure way to draw attention to your house. Head to your local paint shop and choose a few paint swatches. Before you commit to a color you’ll want to take them home and hold them up to the door in natural light and maybe even during different times of day. Different lighting will affect the color in different ways. You can also download the Front Door Paint app to try out different paint colors on your door with zero commitment. Once you’ve chosen a paint color you’ll choose a finish. Most front doors are painted in a semi-gloss or high-gloss to give it more eye-catching brightness and make it easier to wipe down.

Next you’ll have to prep the door. This means giving it a good cleaning or wipe down and possibly priming. Priming is usually necessary when going from a darker color to a lighter color. Use painters tape to tape off edges and any areas you don’t want to get paint on, such as around the hardware.

Now its time to paint. Typically a door will need two coats of paint with time to dry between each coat. Once complete remove the tape and admire you’re new door!

Install address numbers
A simple way to bring a sophisticated and personalized touch to your house is to install address numbers. Lowes and Home Depot both have a good affordable selection.

Upgrade porch lighting
Installing a new light is easier than you think and instantly updates the look of your home. You’ll need to turn off the power at the circuit panel before installing. You can also simply paint the existing light if you like the style but want to freshen it up.

Flower Pots
If you do nothing else, invest in a pot or two of flowers to set on your front porch or stoop. Flowers are not only welcoming visually but the also add depth and interest to the exterior of your home. Choose flowers in a color that complement your newly painted front door. You want the two to enhance each other, not compete for attention.

Welcome Mat
A new welcome mat can be picked up at any home goods or home improvement store for less than $20. This offers instant freshness to the exterior and shows others that you care for you home. Don’t forget to do roofing upgrades if needed, hire the Simpsonville roofing company and get it solved right away.