Six Easy Home Improvements to Make Before the In-Laws Come

by Megan WildDecember 8, 2016

Making a good impression is something that everyone wants to do, but this desire is even stronger when it comes to your in-laws. When they come to visit during the holidays, you want to make sure everything looks perfect and they see your home at its best. That’s why the following home improvement tips are great for sprucing up your curb appeal in a weekend or two.

Clean Up the Yard

Spend some time mowing the grass, raking the leaves and trimming the hedges to make everything look manicured and well kept. If it’s in the budget, get some fresh mulch to landscape your garden beds and plant a few shrubs or land covering in bare spots. Add some landscape lighting around walkways, steps, and the driveway to give your property an ambient glow at night and make it easy to get around.

Brighten Your Front Door

The front door is one of the most important features of your curb appeal, because it’s what everyone looks to as they approach your home. You can easily update it with a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware. This job is even easier if you rent an air compressor and a spray gun. Air compressor rentals typically start at 8 gallons, so do a little research to see what size you’ll need for the job.
When you choose a bright or inviting color, you give the front of your house instant curb appeal and focus. You can use almost any color for your front door as long as it works well with the rest of the house. Remember, before you paint the door, clean it thoroughly and tape it off to keep the paint job neat and crisp.

Once you’ve painted it, you may look at your hardware and feel like it needs a little sprucing up too. You can change the hardware, locks, and knobs on the door, as well as update your house numbers and mailbox if you have them. These simple switches will make your front door shine.

Clean it Up

Unless you plan to paint your entire home, renting a pressure washer to give everything a good cleaning is worth the money. If you have it in the budget, you can even hire someone to do it for you.
Pressure washing removes dust, pollen and dirt buildup that makes the paint or finish look dull. While you’re at it, take some time to clean the windows so they sparkle on the inside and out.

Don’t Forget the Trim

Once you brighten up the front door, your trim and shutters may look pale in comparison. Spend a little time and a gallon of paint and touch up your trim and shutters as well. Prep the surface before painting, and this little investment will last for years.
This is a good trick to brighten up the exterior of your home if you can’t paint the whole house. Just freshening up the paint on the trim and shutters makes the home look better and requires a lot less work and money to do.

If you have a porch, fence or railing on the steps, make sure you apply a coat or two of paint on these areas as well.

Upgrade Lighting

If you have lighting fixtures on your house or porch, either in the front or the back, take a good look at them. Chances are, they’re outdated and anything but memorable. Purchase new lighting that looks better than a single hanging globe and install it next weekend.
To make the job as simple as possible, look for the same type of fixtures and mounting systems that you already have. This way all you have to do is take down the old and put up the new ones.

Give the Driveway a Facelift

If your driveway is cracked and looking old, you can spend a few hours filling in the cracks, killing weeds and cleaning up stains. Once you’ve finished these tasks, look at it. Does your driveway look as nice as you want it to?
If not, you can purchase concrete stain to cover your driveway and make it look new again. The process is simple enough, just follow the manufacturer’s instructions and make sure you allow plenty of time for it to dry before the in-laws pull up.

These six tips are smaller jobs you can accomplish in a weekend, which gives you plenty of time to get it taken care of before your in-laws arrive for the holidays. Just get out there and get started. Remember that you have to look at the house once they leave, so create something you love as well. is the place to dream and discover your ideal home! Are you starting to get the itch to look for your first or next home, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! Browse our real estate and lifestyle blog for home buying tips, mortgage guides, DIY ideas, interior design, lifestyle topics, general home inspiration, or just some homes fun. We are sure you can scratch that itch and find all the information and tools you need to help in your home search. Want to start looking at available real estate right now? Head to our home page and check out homes for sale or rent listings all over the country.

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About The Author
Megan Wild
Megan Wild enjoys finding easy and low-stress ways to improve your home. In her downtime, she enjoys flipping flea market finds, hanging out with her dog, and writing on her home-themed blog, Your Wild Home. She's passionate about sustainability and environmentalism, and you can find her tweeting about both @Megan_Wild.