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    25 Things To Help Give Your Home's Exterior An Upgrade

    Quick home improvements that you, yes y-o-u, can tackle without bringing in a professional.

    1. A powerful pressure washer because sometimes the only update you need is to wash off the built-up grime off your siding.

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    Promising review: "Great for the size and price. I wasn't expecting miracles, but I think I got one. I bought this washer to prep a small worn, weathered and moldy deck for stain. It had the deck looking like new; I was totally amazed. I honestly didn't think it was possible. It has since used it on siding and concrete and it did a very nice job." —scard

    Get it from Amazon for $94.09.

    2. A new lockable mailbox to replace the flimsy model that's had one too many run-ins with the snow plow.

    a wood and metal mailbox mounted on a post with a red flag
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    You can pick up a mounting post from your local hardware store or snag this matching post, and lot's of reviewers personalize theirs with house number decals.

    Promising review: "We love our new mailbox and so does our mail lady. It’s stylish yet functional. We have gotten many compliments from our neighbors. The mailbox is on the heavy side so make sure you have a solid post to place it on!" —Sheri G.

    Get it from Amazon for $124.99 (available in aditional colors here)

    3. Or update an existing wall-mounted mailbox with this sleek, lockable one that can hold multiple days worth of mail (if you're a bit forgetful, like me) and protects magazines and bills, alike, from the elements.

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    FYI — the mounting hardware is sold separately! Also, the little "mail" plaque comes ready to affix, so you can decide whether you want to use it or not! Many reviewers opted not to and customized it with house numbers.

    Promising review: "Only wish we had gotten this years ago! Looks fabulous on our newly painted picket fence. Keeps mail dry in an area where it’s partially exposed outside our porch overhang. We are not actually using the locking function but we have tested it and it works just fine. We even love the old-fashioned oval medallion that says mail. We decided not to put it on with the sticky tape backing provided and used putty instead so we can move it up or down later if we want to. Great design and great value! Wholeheartedly recommend this solution." —bwschicago

    Get it from Amazon for $22.16+ (available in nine styles).

    4. Connectable Edison bulb string lights so you can make your yard look like a trendy beer garden and leave passersby wondering how they can get a reservation.

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    Promising review: "I have ordered four boxes of these light sets now. I love love love these lights. I will attach a photo at a later date, but these lights are gorgeous. They arrived, I plugged them in while in the package to make sure they all worked. Then I unscrewed all the bulbs to make it easy to hang. I hung them up all around my balcony using a staple gun. When I finished I screwed the light bulbs all in :) I would highly recommend these lights. They are PINTEREST perfect!" —Cora

    Get it from Amazon for $15.98+ (available in three sizes and in three colors).

    5. A three-piece wicker rocking chair and table set with thick bottom and back cushions for comfortably rocking the hours away with a good book and a good drink in the great outdoors.

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    This charming set includes two rocking chairs with bottom and back cushions and a matching side table with a glass top.

    Promising review: "Put this whole set together myself in about two hours — clear instructions and well-organized packaging of the different tools/pieces. I've bought a similar-looking (but cheaper) porch set in the past and was disappointed with the quality of the cushions. I was worried that this set would have the same problem, but I was wrong! The cushions are VERY comfy, and the chair is wide enough for me to comfortably sit crisscross! Absolutely worth the investment!!!" —Katie Swimer

    Get it from Amazon for $129.99 (available in four colors).

    6. A custom steel circle monogram if you're looking for a sleek and stylish way to really personalize your home's exterior.

    a steel circle monogram featuring the letter H and the name "Hartman" mounted on a brick wall
    Bluefish Mill / Etsy

    Bluefish Mill is a West Columbia, South Carolina-based Etsy shop creating custom steel signs ranging from timeless monograms and house numbers to holiday and seasonal decor.

    Promising review: "We are beyond pleased with our piece! The color (Almond) is PERFECT! Bluefish Mill was responsive and let us know when our piece had shipped. We love it and will recommend them to anyone. The piece came with two color-coated screws and anchors. We absolutely love it!" —rebecca toulouse

    Get it from Bluefish Mill on Etsy for $55+ (available in three sizes and in 23 finishes).

    7. A sturdy package delivery box to help protect packages from wind, rain, and nosy neighbors while keeping your porch looking tidy even after big deliveries.

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    Some reviewers made tweaks to this box including adding a sign, filling in the "Delivery" letters with a metallic Sharpie pen, and even adding hinges so you don't have to fully take off the lid.

    Promising review: "I love this thing. Hides my packages from porch pirates and looks great too. Also protects package contents from rain when the porch roof leaks. I did add a sign with gorilla glue so it was obvious to the delivery folks. So far delivery drivers have happily placed my packages inside unless they’re too big." —Britany F

    Get it from Amazon for $45.73.

    8. These modern floating house numbers because you love the charm of your pre-war home but hate the pre-war house numbers that should've been replaced years ago.

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    Promising review: "So so so in love with these. I updated my house and mailbox number. The instructions/template were super easy to follow and it was the simplest project that really updated my home. Highly recommend to anyone." —Lina Haberland

    Get it from Amazon for $6.58+ (numbers 0–9 available).

    9. Some modern flat iron trough planters with mounting brackets that'll add a bright pop of color to your exterior windows or porch railings.

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    The box comes with brackets for easy mounting on a deck rail or windowsill, but if you're looking to mount them directly to an exterior wall (which you can!) check out this helpful review!

    Promising review: "Excellent sturdy window/porch plant box. Just what we needed to add a pop of color to our front porch. I’m very happy with the quality and size of these planters. They finished off our patio perfectly. They come with brackets that allow you to mount them on a rail without having to screw into your deck, which is awesome if you don’t want to damage your rail. The brackets are made to fit a two-inch railing. They are adjustable for width but not adjustable for depth. To ensure they don’t slip I added zip ties just to be cautious, which is fine with me. These planter boxes are pretty deep and can hold a lot of soil and lovely plants. I highly recommend them." —Startini

    Get it from Amazon for $37.99+ (available in three sizes).

    10. And a set of UV-resistant faux flowers so you can enjoy the look of a blooming window box or hanging basket without having to worry about keeping anything alive.

    CanaanFloralShop / Etsy

    CanaanFloralShop is a Houston-based Etsy shop run by Cissy Yu, who sells a wide range of colorful faux flowers for indoor and outdoor use.

    Promising review: "I love these flowers and the quality is fabulous and look so real. They are beautiful in the flower box and the flower pot with the ones I had leftover. No more watering! Yay! Cissy is wonderful to deal with and I received my flowers promptly." —nicki123knitting

    Get an eight-pack from CanaanFloralShop on Etsy for $20.95 (available in two colors).

    11. Some fade-resistant front door paint for a DIY project that strikes the optimal balance of low effort and big impact.

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    Promising review: "This paint lives up to its boast — dries pretty fast. Like all latex paints, there is a cure period (like one month). But doors were usable that same day. From this size jar, we painted two 36" outside six-panel door faces and edges (not the insides). To be fair, four thin coats were required to get 100% coverage — all went on the same day. Since painting, we've Windex'ed each door successfully (removing insects, etc.). We live at the beach and the door has held up to salt air, rain, wind, and all that coastal stuff. Totally recommend." —Hank I.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in 28 colors).

    12. Plus, a nine-piece paint roller and brush set for ensuring you have the right tools to tackle any and all of your paint-related home improvement projects.

    a reviewer photo of a silver paint tray filled with two large and two small roller brushes and a wooden paint brush
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    This nine-piece set comes with a roller tray with a disposable liner, a 4-inch roller frame, a 9-inch roller frame, two 4-inch roller covers, two 9-inch roller covers, and a 2-inch angle brush.

    Promising review: "This set really provides so much. Each piece worked great. Each was easy to handle and use. Quality was very similar to local big box store. Slight odor upon unwrapping but dissipated quickly though." —Darlaina Dancer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    13. An eight-pack of solar stake lights if you're tired of precarious low-light walks from the car to your front door. These little stake lights will auto-turn on when the sun sets, and require ZERO additional tools to install.

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    Promising review: "Great value for the money! They most definitely do not look cheap, and they are so easy to put together. Mine lit up immediately upon pulling the tag and turning them on, and I’m very happy with my order. They add the perfect touch to the front of my house..." —Mickayla

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $44.74 (available in two colors).

    14. A gutter scoop to spare your hands from the terrifying sludge fest going on in your gutters. You'll be surprised how much more you like your home's exterior after a good cleaning.

    Reviewer using the red scoop to remove leaves from their gutter
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    Promising review: "Not sure why it took me so long to find this item. After years of scraping out packed silt in the bottom of my gutters, I saw this and ordered it. I was a little unsure if I could use it on my smaller than standard size four-inch gutters, but if anything the smaller size lets this thing fit even tighter and scoop out more efficiently. (I do have to lift it over the gutter junctions but that's fine.)" —W. Steward

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    15. A cedar wood tiny library for the avid reader who wants to spread the literary wealth by turning their yard into a free public library. Each handcrafted unit arrives sanded and ready to be painted, with a durable plexiglass door and a weather-resistant plywood roof.

    a cedar box on a stake featuring a clear glass door with books inside
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    TheTinyLibrary is a small woodworking business in Missouri that creates small-batch tiny libraries. You'll need to pick up a 4x4 post (which you can find on the cheap at your local hardware store), but your tiny library will arrive with all the necessary mounting hardware. If you want something a little more heavy-duty, check out this steel post.

    Promising review: "VERY pleased with the workmanship of this tiny library. I asked that it be primed white so I could paint it. It even has real roofing material which is great because I live in an area that gets pummeled with snow. It came with clear directions for mounting on a pole and all of the hardware. It was shipped in a heavy duty box, arriving sooner than expected. If you’re looking for a pre-made library, look no further!" —Eleanor L. Vratanina

    Get it from TheTinyLibrary on Amazon Handmade for $199.

    16. A pair of weather-resistant outdoor wall sconces that'll shed a little light on just how good your front porch looks.

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    Promising review: "I wanted a new pair of outdoor wall sconces that were of a medium size, fairly lightweight, and not too expensive. These fully met my requirements. The thickness of the glass and the metal components is not substantial but gets the job done and the lights look more expensive than they are (again, I was looking for lights that were not too heavy due to hanging them on vinyl siding). I'm pleased with the purchase." —John D.

    Get a pair from Amazon for $59.99.

    17. An elegant ring knocker because you're an adult, this is your home, and you have the power to curate an above-average door-knocking experience if you want to.

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    Promising review: "Heavy and well made. Easy to install and very sturdy when you knock on your door. Elegant piece we added to our Spanish-style home. We recommend!" —Lucy Hernandez

    Get it from Amazon for $50.97+ (available in four finishes).

    18. An all-in-one wood stain and sealer with what they call "goof proof" application so you can look like a pro and transform your fence, deck, shed, bench, or any other of your home's wooden wonders with ease.

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    Be sure to give it around 14 days to settle into its true color — it'll look darker shortly after application.

    Promising review: "Applied two coats to pressure-treated deck. Goes on effortlessly with a brush or roller. Spilled drops and brush strokes blend together. Absorbs into wood. Dark Walnut color goes on darker and lightens some. Repels water well. Nothing here that is going to peel up and flake off like some products that claim to last for 5+ years but only hold up a year or two." —Jricky

    Get a 5-gallon case from Amazon for $149 (available in nine shades).

    19. A set of updated door hardware for finally taking care of the sticky lock that has plagued your existence since move-in day.

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    It includes lock and handle hardware for both sides of the door, and all you need to install is a Phillips-head screwdriver.

    Promising review: "I am grateful for this lock/knob set. It is was the most economical choice as I was renovating my house. The quality, however, surprised me. The polished brass is a beautiful goldtone color. Furthermore, it is sturdy and it was not too difficult to install. My father helped me out and it took under 30 minutes to assemble. He didn't even use the instructions, but they are there for reference. It was pretty straightforward. Highly recommended!" —Dina

    Get it from Amazon for $38.24+ (available in two styles and in four finishes).

    20. These faux vinyl shutters if you're looking for an affordable way to make your home look waaayyyyy more expensive.

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    Each pair comes with 12 color-matched vinyl screws for installation.

    Promising review: "Was planning on buying wooden shutters in this same exact style but decided to buy just one pair to check them out. Believe me, when I took these out of the box, I thought no way am I keeping as they are plastic but once we put them up, I honestly cannot tell the difference between the wooden ones and these, even up close. I went back and purchased another four sets. Couldn't be happier with these shutters and you cannot beat the price!" —TWINP

    Get a pair from Amazon for $48.66+ (available in 10 sizes and in eight colors).

    21. A handcrafted raised barrel planter made from reclaimed wine barrels that'll incite almost as many compliments as your obviously flourishing flower garden.

    half of a wine barrel on three legs
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    Eco Wine Furniture is a Santa Barbara, California-based small biz handcrafting gorgeous, high-quality furniture from reclaimed wine barrels mostly sourced from local wineries around the Central Coast Valley.

    Get it from Eco Wine Furniture on Amazon Handmade for $219.

    22. An easy-to-use stud finder because you've got a long list of home improvement projects and all of them require drilling into a wall. Reviewers say this one is super intuitive to use, and even has a WireScan Mode so you can be sure you're not going to cause an accidental power outage while you hang the mailbox.

    a reviewer photo of a hand using the stud finder with the screen indicated a stud has been found
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    Promising review: "Just what I needed. A reliable stud finder, easy-to-use, and all functions worked with accuracy! I was able to find studs, nails in studs, and electrical lines. Be sure to scan your wall more than once for studs as the unit may pick up other reads but when it gives you the center notification you are definitely on a stud. I hung two side-by-side garage cabinets, two 6-foot ladders, and a metal organization rack for brooms and such. I bought this stud finder based on the reviews and went back and forth looking at all of the pros and cons and I’m glad I did. I have had other stud finders in the past and felt that they were hard to understand and kept having to go back and read the directions on how to use it each time. With this TH510 stud finder you don’t need directions it is so simple. Highly recommend!" —Teresa

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    23. Some coconut husk mulch to freshen up dreary, dried-up flowerbeds with a rich, rust color mulch that actually absorbs water and won't float away next time you're treated to a heavy rain.

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    This mulch comes in a dehydrated brick that expands to cover an area of roughly two cubic feet after hydrating with four gallons of water.

    Promising review: "I love that I can carry the mulch brick easily to where I am going to spread the mulch, hydrate it in my garden cart or drug right there, and spread it easily. Beautiful color holds up well. Pictures above taken in April and July. Great in my raised bed garden; not a weed in sight. Wish it were possible to buy bulk quantities at a discount, as it's quite pricey if you want to do larger areas at 3" depth. Still, beautiful mulch that I will keep buying." —Sybilann Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $21.06.

    24. A rechargeable cordless hedge trimmer that's so lightweight and easy-to-use it just might inspire you to call the landscaper and reimagine your yard with even more stylish shrubbery.

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    Promising review: "This tool is a must!!! Made trimming the bushes easy and quick! Bonus...NO chance of cutting the electrical cord (LOL-yeah we’ve all done it), because it’s battery-operated!! The battery life was great... I got the entire yard done without needing a recharge!!" —Dianne Holt

    Get it from Amazon for $125.09.

    25. And, finally, a coconut fiber Welcome-ish mat for letting everyone that enters your home know that they're (probably) welcome...but there's no guarantee.

    a tan doormat that says "welcome-ish (depends on who you are)"
    Hamlin Row Shop / Etsy

    Hamlin Row Shop is Rock Hill, South Carolina-based Etsy shop run by Danielle, who sums up her shops offerings much better than I ever could — "Custom, personalized, and clever doormats."

    Promising review: "This doormat is great! Looks just as good in person, and it was well past time to replace my old one, but I’m happy I was able to find something with a similar snarky but not overly rude vibe." —Elisa

    Get it from Hamlin Row Shop on Etsy for $29.40+ (available in four sizes).

    Let the home improvement begin!!

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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