Spring projects can help beautify your home, increase curb appeal, and increase your property value. The best part is you don’t need to break the bank to do it; lots can be done on a tight budget. All it takes is a little planning, a great idea (find inspiration on Pinterest), a trip to the hardware store, and for you to roll up your sleeves for one weekend and put some manual labour in. Here are some ways you can increase your curb appeal and tackle spring projects this year.
Landscaping can be a lot of hard work, but it pays dividends to your curb appeal. Not only is it appeasing to look at but your property value will appreciate too. If you are considering selling your home this spring consider theses ideas, investing money on the exterior to give your house a good first impression.
Potted plants. Adding some plotted plants with colorful pots is a great way to add some extra colour and flair to your yard.
Fresh mulch. The mulch in your yard grows dull over time. Adding fresh mulch to your flowerbeds is an easy, cheap way to brighten them up.
Plant some trees. Having trees adds to the beauty of your property; even small ones make a difference! Adding some trees can add to your homes energy efficiency as well by offering cover from storms and the sun.
Take the junk out. Start your garage cleaning day by emptying everything out of your garage and placing it safely on your driveway or in your yard. This will enable you to see all of the stuff that has been accumulating over the year (...or years). Now you can start making decisions on what to keep and what to toss.
Give it some TLC. This is where you need to clean from top to bottom (the fun part...). Sweep and hose down the floors and clean up any oil leaks using sawdust. Keeping your garage tidy can keep your home tidy; the less dirt in the garage, the less gets tracked into the house.
Sort items and make some tough decisions. While you wait for your garage to dry, start sorting through your belongings you have removed from it. Place like items into piles, toss and broken items, and create a donate pile for items that still are in good shape but you never use. Consider renting a storage locker to create some more room and keep items you use once or twice a year in the storage locker.
Follow a plan. Designate a spot for everything in your garage; putting things back in an orderly fashion will pay dividends when it comes time to find those things!
You have a tidy garage; keep it that way. Keep up to date with cleaning your garage multiple times a year and you will have a less daunting task in the spring.
Inspect your deck and get it ready. This should be done every year or two as part of your preventative maintenance. Check for any loose boards or any protruding nails that could be hazardous and need repair. Clear the deck of your outdoor furniture, get rid of any toys, and sweep the deck to remove any larger debris before you start cleaning.
Clean the deck. Remove any dirt or build-up by pressure washing it. This will also help protect plants and grass as the water will dilute any chemicals that may inadvertently come into contact with them.
Seal the deck. Now that your deck is dry, you have to seal it. For items that need protection from the sealant, such as plants, air conditioning units, and other vulnerable items, place tarps over them to keep them protected. There are different options for applying the sealant, you can you can brush it on, roll it on, or spray it on. Spraying is by far the fastest but it is also the hardest to control. A good quality sealant will contain ultraviolet sunlight protection to reduce the impact the sun will have on your deck.
The finale! Time to paint or stain your deck. Some people opt to paint their deck but most people take advantage of the natural beauty of expensive decking wood and enhance this with a high quality stain. There are three important characteristics to look for in a finish:
- The finish should be water repellent or waterproof, not just “water resistant.”
- The finish should offer ultraviolet (UV) protection to protect against damaging effects of the sun.
- If mildew is identified as a potential problem, the finish should contain a mildewcide, which a wood preservative does.
All home improvements can not only improve the curb appeal of your home but also increase the value of it; therefore you need to talk to your MIG Insurance broker before you start any major projects. You may see an increase in premium but it is well worth it for the peace of mind that your spring projects will be protected and your home will be keep its curb appeal for years (any many spring cleanings) to come.
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