12 Upkeep Ideas to Add Curb Appeal
Turn your home into the belle of the block with these dozen exterior fixes—best done while the temperatures are warm
Remember all those outdoor fixup projects you put off last winter, waiting for the warm summer months? Well, summer's here and it's time to think about getting some repairs in while the temperatures are still agreeable. Keeping your home in tip-top shape not only adds to its curb appeal but it saves you money as you ward off more expensive fixes down the road.
But look at it this way: Spend a couple of weekends outside, basking in the beautiful weather, and make sure your home looks fantastic while you can still enjoy its charms. Soon enough, it will be time to pack it up and head inside.
One of the simplest but most satisfying fixups you can do is to make your windows sparkle and shine, letting in clear summer light. Make the job easier by learning from a professional in How to Clean Windows Like a Pro.
Your front entry is your home's ambassador, signaling to guests if you are friend or foe. If yours is more "War is hell" than "Good to see you, ally," perhaps you need to spruce things up a bit to make it more welcoming. Use these step-by-steps and videos, complete with tools and shopping lists, to turn your shabby door into a palace portal:
How to Refinish a Door
How to Replace a Threshold (and watch this companion video)
How to Tune Up a Sliding Door
How to Repair Sagging Screens
How to Repair a Damaged Doorjamb
How to Repair Door Glass
How to Unstick a Door
Sometimes a simple spruce up isn't enough, when damage to the wood on your house's exterior is too far gone and rot has set in. Don't worry—using the right tools and materials, you can make rot disappear, and fend off more damage. Use these detailed step-by-steps to learn how to make crumbling surfaces look like new again:
Make your home stand out by brightening up its drab exterior. No matter what your home is sided in, we have the step-by-step instructions on how to bring it back to life:
How to Remove Ivy From a House
How to Repair Clapboard Siding
How to Repair Shingle Siding
How to Repair Vinyl Siding
How to Repair Stucco (and watch this related video)
How to Repoint Brick
How to Paint Your Exterior
How to Paint Aluminum Siding
Even if you get the house all fixed up, a scraggly yard can ruin the whole effect. Get out the garden gloves and the wheelbarrow, and tidy up that unkempt landscape. TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook shows you how to makeover your yard like a pro in these how-to videos:
Summer droughts can get the best of your landscape, no matter how diligent you are with planting and pruning. Make sure your prize-worthy lawn and garden get the water they need in the most efficient way, by feeding them through sprinklers and irrigation.