6 Home DIYs That You Can Do in a Single Weekend

Cheryl Lock

frontlawnWe get it. It’s been a long winter, and you simply haven’t been able to find the time in your busy schedule to pull up those weeds or fix that broken fence post.

But now that temps are on the rise, it could be a good time to roll up your sleeves and start giving the outside of your home a little post–Polar Vortex TLC—especially if you’re thinking about putting your place on the market in the near future.

“Curb appeal is all about first impressions,” says Jeff Wilson, author of “The Greened House Effect,” who has appeared on HGTV and the DIY Network. “Whether or not a home is fit as a fiddle, nobody will believe you if it doesn’t look like it. So while you should never mask something like major structural flaws, putting your best foot forward just makes sense.”

But this doesn’t mean you have to spend thousands on contractors or supplies to give your abode a spruce up. In fact, Wilson suggests tackling tasks that will give you the biggest bang for your curb-appeal buck … yourself.

So with Wilson’s help, we’ve rounded up six ways to freshen up your home’s exterior for $200 or less. Added bonus? All of them are DIYs you can wrap up in a weekend.

Easy DIY #1: Make Your Front Door More Inviting

Depending on the type of door you have, repainting or staining and refinishing it is a simple upgrade that can really make a huge difference—and you’ll only spend $20 to $50 in the process.

“Colorwise, it’s O.K. to choose something interesting to draw the eye to the entrance, but don’t go crazy with fuchsia or hunter orange,” Wilson says. “Whenever somebody needs advice on choosing a paint color, I tell them to use the color wheel they learned in third grade.” For instance, if your home is brick red, a complementary color would be a bluish gray door or a golden color, suggests Wilson.

If you really want to go all out, you can install a brass kick plate ($30) and new latch hardware ($120 to $150)—and still stay within a reasonable budget.

Total DIY Time: Up to 3.5 hours, with 1 hour of prep, 1 hour for priming and painting, ½ hour to install the kick plate, and 1 hour to install the latch hardware.
Price: $20 to $200, depending on whether you add hardware.

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  • Sam

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    -Professional Landscaper