The 5 Best Ways to Improve Your Garage’s Exterior on a Budget

Traditional 2-stories house. Garage door is a North Hatley LP, 16' x 8', Moka Brown color, 4 vertical lite Orion windows

You like this garage door? It’s a North Hatley LP, 16' x 8', Moka Brown, 4 vertical lite Orion windows.

If you want to easily and affordably add value to your home and boost curb appeal, you should consider upgrading your garage doors. This simple and inexpensive upgrade can make the entire property more attractive, especially for resale.

Entire renovations are pricey and time-consuming, and although many people consider them, they certainly aren’t the only way to upgrade your home.

There 5 affordable methods for upgrading your garage can help add serious curb-appeal without breaking the bank.

#1 - Install Some Veneer as an Accent

Stone veneer can add a wow factor to an existing garage, or be a great consideration when installing a new one.

Modern shed & attached garage with Moderno 2 beads design, Black, Harmony window layout garage doors

You like these garage doors? They are Moderno 2 beads design, in 6' x 7' and 10' x 8' sizes, Black, Right-side Harmony window layout.

Contrary to popular belief, stone veneer isn’t stone but rather a type of fiber cement that looks exactly like stone. Unlike stone, stone veneer won’t break the bank- this improvement to your garage will cost you just $10 - $20 per square foot.

Highlight the area above your garage doors for a small but impactful difference or consider covering the front of your garage for a carriage house look. Sparing use of stone veneer makes a big impact on appearance without hurting your wallet.

#2- Add Accent Lighting

Accent lighting can really highlight the beautiful appearance of your garage exterior, calling attention to the doors and making a huge impact on curb appeal.

Prestigious house with 2 garages doors in Prestige XL design, Moka Brown colors, Cachet windows

You like these garage doors? These are Prestige XL design, 9' x 8', Moka Brown, with Cachet windows.

Well-place accent lights can make a huge difference to the evening and nighttime appearance of a home. Try not to light up the whole exterior but instead strategically place the lights to highlight certain areas.

Modern house with the Moderno Multi design, Black, with Azur glass windows garage door

You like this garage door? This the Moderno Multi design, in Black, with Azur glass windows.

For as little as $60 a light, you can use exterior accent lighting to make your garage shine. For such a small price, accent lights are well worth the value they can add to a home. Install lights above your doors, beneath windows, or alongside stone veneer garage accents to really highlight them.

Rethink Your Landscaping

Landscaping the exterior of your garage is just as important as landscaping outside the rest of your home.

By framing your garage nicely on either side with some trees, bushes, or flowerbeds, you can make your garage seriously stand out. For garages that are surrounded by pavement, simply add some window boxes, tubs or planters, and other small accents.

If you want to hide some of the less appealing parts of your home's exterior without spending money to redo the whole thing, you should definitely consider landscaping. For instance, for just $20 each, you can add 5‑gallon shrubs and small trees.

Switch for More Unique Garage Door Hardware

Garage door hardware is a simple way to make a big statement.

Upgrading your hardware unique and interesting to make your home stand out from the neighbors. Add some matching accent lights and you’ve got a cohesive, one-of-a-kind garage that you can be proud of.

Traditional house with garage doors: Eastman E-21, 9' x 7', Claystone doors and Ice White overlays, 8 lite Panoramic windows

You like these garage doors? These are Eastman E-21, 9' x 7', Claystone doors and Ice White overlays, 8-lite Panoramic windows.

Refresh or Change Your Garage Door Trim

Because trim creates a surface for garage doors to move against, it can start to look shabby and worn much sooner than the rest of your garage’s exterior. Trim is important, but it also needs to look good!

Door trim costs just $150 per door to install. If you decide to add a different siding material like stone veneer as an accent, try upgrading your trim at the same time as your garage doors. You can even select a different color trim that matches your personality and highlights your garage’s exterior.

Replace Your Garage Door

Remodeling says that year after year, replacing your garage doors is one of the Top 5 home improvement projects for resale. It’s no wonder since it’s such a simple and affordable change that makes a massive difference.

Unfortunately, an old, shabby, outdated garage door won’t look very appealing, even if you add new hardware or accent lights.

Modern home, light gray stone and iron gray wood, with 2 garage doors in Vog design, 9'x7', Black, Left‑side Harmony window

You like these doors? They are the Vog design, 9'x 7', Black, Left ‑side Harmony window layout.

Are you more Traditional, Modern, or Carriage style? There’s a number of different styles to choose from that will make your home stand out and fit your personal style.

Choosing a Black garage door or Chocolate Walnut garage door is an attention-grabbing way to add uniqueness to your home without costing you exorbitant amounts of money. In fact, it’s just $75 to $150 for a single door (9x7 approx.).

Brick and cedar shingle 2-story house with a Regal Shaker‑Flat Long design, 16'x8', Dark Walnut, windows with Richmond Inserts garage door

You like this garage door? It’s a Shaker‑Flat Long design, 16' x 8', Dark Walnut, with Richmond Insert windows.

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