Revive Your Home’s Exterior

Become the best-looking house in the neighborhood in just a weekend. Fix up your home’s exterior with these easy and affordable ideas.

Manage Rainwater Runoff

Bent or disconnected gutters and downspouts look unflattering and allow water to drain where it shouldn’t. Seal gutters that leak at the seams with a smear of silicone caulk. Also consider a gutter-cover system to prevent debris from getting in and clogging your downspouts. Before you replace any gutters, inspect the fascia boards beneath them since they might need replacing.

Inspect Your Roof

Inspect the metal flashing around your chimney and vents for rust to prevent leaks. Replace the material as necessary. Also, check your shingles for moss and mildew growth and treat it accordingly.

Mix & Match Siding

Who says your home’s exterior has to be covered in only one type of siding? Consider combining materials to highlight your home’s architectural features without breaking the bank. Narrow tongue-and-groove planks draw attention and add character to this bungalow’s charming entryway.

Redo Your Front Door

A new front door — or just a fresh coat of paint on the existing one — adds immediate appeal to your home’s facade. Weigh pros and cons of various materials such as wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and metal, and pick one that suits your home’s style and your budget.

Dress Up Your Garage

Install a decorative architectural arbor above your garage door to de-emphasize a front-loaded garage. The structure adds personality and provides a place to grow climbing plants.

Build a Path

A walkway from your driveway or sidewalk to your front door is easy to create and will greatly increase your home’s curb appeal. Lay parallel garden hoses to test placement options. You can also try curving the path to add visual interest.

Light the Night

Surround your outdoor living spaces with lighting that will let you carry the conversation into the evening. Installing low-voltage lights is a simple do-it-yourself project; or skip the need for electrical wiring by choosing solar-powered lights.

Create a Picture-Perfect Porch

Give your front porch some personality with architectural details such as columns and railings. Consider aesthetically pleasing brackets, spandrels, and corbels, too. And don’t forget to check out your porch ceiling — maybe new beaded-board panels are in order. Add a ceiling fan to create a comfortable outdoor living atmosphere.

Refresh Your Deck

In just a weekend, you can give your deck an updated look. Friday night: Remove all furniture and other items from the deck. Saturday morning: Pressure-wash the surface to remove dirt; use warm, soapy water and a scrub brush to remove old mold and mildew. Sunday morning: Stain the deck using a paint roller. You should be able to walk on your deck by nightfall. Add your furniture back Monday night.