Ways To Make Your Home Look More Expensive from the Outside

Ideally, most homeowners would have a world-class designer create a space that exudes luxury, comfort, and style.  The reality, though, is that, for many, this is too expensive and out of reach.  

Fortunately, whether you are looking to sell your home or give it a more high-end look, you can achieve that upscale feel without breaking your budget.

Here are some ways to jazz up the outside of your house that will help your home make a better first impression – and make it look more expensive:


There’s nothing quite like the transformative effect of a fresh paint on your walls.

You’d be surprised what a fresh coat of paint or stain can do for your house façade.  Give it a personalized and trendy vibe with perfectly hued walls.  Why not move beyond boring browns and beiges and add a luxurious feel with pops of contrasting color -smoky charcoals, sharp black, and even a pop of a saturated red or blue!


Adding curb appeal is often an easy and inexpensive way to make your house look nicer and boost its value, and improving your entryway can make a great impact on your home’s curb appeal.  

To make the entryway pop, use a darker hue with contrasting colors – it will also give your house an air of luxury without breaking the bank.

Place tall planters on each side of the front door, using, again, a nice contrasting color for the pots.  Upgrade your front door’s existing hardware; a color should contrast your door’s paint color, such as black hardware on a white door or brass hardware on a black door.  


A new, upgraded walkway is a small investment that can greatly enhance your landscape and nicely complement your exterior.

Symmetry is great, so add symmetrical planters on either side of the walkway leading to the entryway.

If you have side yard or different areas in the front of your house, create flow and continuity with similar colors, textures, patterns, and lighting concepts.

Depending on your style, you can use stepping stones, bricks, concrete to create different pathways, and they can be straight or meandering.

Line your walkway and pathway with some nice greenery, and you’ve created a solid first impression.


Talking about greenery, one of the most obvious and most effective ways to boost curb appeal is to add some fresh plants and flowers.  

To add to your home’s exterior appearance, you don’t have to create a whole garden – simply add some planters to accentuate and frame key visual points, like windows and entryways.  Planting some beautiful flowers is the most beautiful way to add color to your yard.  If you don’t have room for standing planters, hook up a hanging one. 

If you have a lawn, make sure you regularly take care of it by mowing the grass, raking off leaves, and pulling weeds.  Keep it well watered to prevent brown spots.


Power wash years of dirt and grime off your siding, porch, walkway, and driveway.  If you don’t have a power washer, you can rent one from hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s.

Clean off the debris and all cobwebs, especially around outdoor light fixtures, to instantly make the space appear more bright and clean.  

Clean gutters inside and out to clear out any debris; scrub the outsides until they look good as new.


Add some front door décor.  For instance, find a wreath that you can use year-round to add an exceptional dose of added beauty to your front door, such as wreaths made from dried or preserved greens and florals.

If you have some outdoor furniture on the porch or anywhere else out the front of your house, be sure that all furniture is clean and in good condition.  If you don’t have any outdoor furniture but have some room on the porch, think about adding some extra charm by putting in some stylish ceramic stools for seating and setting up a small table with a pretty planter or a decorative lantern.

Modernize the look of your home by replacing your old house numbers with something a bit more distinctive, choosing a font that aligns with the architecture of your home and is also eye-catching.

Swap out a dated mailbox with something more stylish and attractive – it can add a noticeable difference to your home’s curb appeal.

If there’s an electrical box on the front of your house, it’s likely more of an eyesore than a beautiful accent – camouflage it with a quick paint job so it blends in, and use the same color as your home’s siding.

Add a sculpture to your front yard, such as a decorative sphere, a bronze-looking piece of art, etc.


Proper outdoor lighting can really transform any area, enhance the atmosphere and provide a more sophisticated look. 

There are many ways to design your outdoor lighting; for instance, you can add interest by having some upward facing lights to accent the trees, fountains, sculptures, etc.

For some additional light sources, hang some porch string lights or use solar powered lanterns to light up a walkway.


Fountains and water features can add sophistication, elegance, modern feel and ambience to your front yard.  Depending on the budget, you can design a pond or even a small waterfall. 


Finally, fix anything that needs fixing!  Even tiny flaws can stand out against an otherwise attractive exterior, so make sure you take care of any repairs, like chipped paint, ripped screens, burned out bulbs and other things you may notice on the outside of your house.

Implementing these ideas will give your house a fresh appeal and help make your home look more expensive.

Looking for a trusted general contractor or handyman in Lancaster PA to help you with these tasks and projects?

Home One’s team of expert general contractors and handymen are here to help spruce up your home for you.

We offer many options for outdoor and indoor renovations, allowing us to cater to all types of styles, tastes, as well as budgets.

Add versatility, fun, and value to your home with quality and affordable Lancaster PA renovations and repairs – trust Home One as your local source!  Contact us today: 717.581.3474.