Projects to Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal
Given the amount of time homeowners spend inside their homes, it’s no surprise that most remodeling dollars end up indoors. But, neglecting your home’s exterior can leave it looking tired and rundown. Here are four projects that will boost your home’s curb appeal and ensure the outside of your home looks as good as the inside.
Liven Up Your Landscaping
Brown spots in your lawn, overgrown shrubs and worn out mulch make your house look worn down. If you’re ready to spruce up your landscaping, you’ll want to do so when the temps are relatively cool, especially if you’re planning on laying sod or planting new trees or shrubs. While you’re planning your project, be sure to take a look at the grade surrounding your home. Over time, it can become compacted and slope toward your house. Poor grading causes water to flow toward your home, putting your foundation at risk.
Touch It Up
Your home’s exterior paint will begin to chip and peel over time. If left untouched, your siding could start to rot, mold or warp. Thankfully, a little maintenance can help prevent any costly siding repairs. If you notice chipping or peeling paint, it’s time to breakout the sandpaper, primer, paint and paintbrushes. Most of the time, painting is a project that you can knock out in an afternoon. But, your project could involve more work than you have time for. If that’s the case, now is a good time to start talking to pros. Pro Tip: Pressure washing your home each spring removes dirt and can help prevent mold and mildew infestations.
Repair Your Roofing and Gutters
Missing shingles and sagging gutters do more than make your home look shoddy -- they can cause seriously spendy problems. If you notice that your gutters are having trouble moving water away from your foundation, or if it’s been a while since you’ve had your roof inspected, it’s a good idea to have a roofing pro stop by for an inspection.
Fantastic Fencing
Has your fence seen better days? If so, taking the time to fix it now could prevent you from having to replace the whole thing down the road. In many cases, all you’ll need to do is pressure wash it, replace missing or damaged boards and throw on a fresh coat of stain or paint. Unless it’s really worse for wear, you should be able to tackle the project in a weekend. Don’t have a fence? Now’s the perfect time to start gathering estimates from at least three pros.
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