5 Ways to Add Christmastime Curb Appeal

Holiday guests deserve the best, so fill in those cracks in the walkway, add some Christmas lights and topiaries, and paint or replace the front door to transform your home.

Preparing your home for holiday guests doesn’t require a lot of work. You can add instant curb appeal with just a few simple touches.

Here are four tips, along with a bonus Simple Solution to hang holiday lights without daming your home!

If you have a half-hour to spare, holiday guests won’t have to see — or step in — your cracked concrete path.

1. Fill in the Cracks

Concrete driveways can develop cracks following temperature changes and ground movement, among other causes.

Those cracks aren’t just unsightly, they also could be hazardous and cause further deterioration after water’s penetration.

We repaired cracks in this concrete walkway with Quikrete Concrete Repair.

First, use a chisel and hammer to widen the crack to at least 1/4-inch and break away any deteriorating concrete.

Next, remove the loose concrete with a brush.

Load Quikrete Concrete Repair into a caulk gun and force a bead of Concrete Repair deep into the crack.

Use a trowel to smoothen the Concrete Repair immediately after placement. Move quickly — the material will form a skin within 40 minutes and will harden completely between one and two hours.

Afterward, clean the area with a damp cloth.

Hospitable hosts don’t have porch rails with chipped paint. Before you invite guests to the Christmas party, find an hour to paint the porch rail and let it fully dry.

2. Paint the Porch Rail

Another quick way to impress holiday guests is with newly painted handrails.

To paint metal handrails, use a wire brush to remove any loose or peeling paint.

Next, spray the area with a rust-inhibiting primer.

Finally, apply two coats of oil-based enamel; cans of spray paint work best.


  1. Hello, I have an Angel I usually put on the tree. I have bought new lights. The new lights do not accommodate the plug from the Angel(one prong larger than the other). Is it ok to file down the larger prong to fit the new lights? Will it damage anything?

  2. These tips and tricks are fine, if you live in California. But when you live in Minnesota, you need to do these things in September or October. It’s a little late to fill cracks and paint now. It’s 10 degrees and a foot of snow on the ground.

  3. Your daughter once made an artificial topiary on your show. Can you please direct me to the sight where I can see the video? I would be appreciated.

    Thank you.



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