As the weather warms up and plants start blooming, we’re reminded that there is life beyond the walls of our homes. Winter can take its toll on your house and spring is the perfect time to breathe new life into it. Whether you just want to freshen up your home’s curb appeal or are getting ready to put your house on the market, there are a few things you can do it get your home looking its best.
- Power Washing – They say a rolling stone gathers no moss; unfortunately, the same isn’t true for your house, patio furniture, walkways, and driveway. A pressure washer can make quick work of cleaning all of these, making things look fresh, new and lengthening the life of each.
- Install/Clean Gutters – Your gutters work hard all winter, keeping water from falling on you or making a mess of your flower beds. Gutters can frequently fill with leaves, needles and other debris which can ultimately lead to roof or fascia damage. They should be cleaned out to allow water to drain properly. If a gutter has fallen off or been damaged, now is the right time to replace it. Moss, mildew, and dirt can also build up on the outside of the gutters. Cleaning these and adding a fresh coat of paint if needed, can really freshen the overall look of your home.
- Freshen up your front door – A fresh coat of paint can dramatically change your front door. Try a bold new color that makes your door pop. Consider replacing the lock, handle and knocker for an even more dramatic change. Your door will feel more welcoming for you and your guests.
- Update House Numbers and Exterior Lights – Similar to the front door, your house’s numbers and lighting reflect your personality and that of your house. Tired, worn-out fixtures are less welcoming to visitors. Try fixtures that make a statement. Use a more modern finish such as brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze. Pick a numbers in a fun font that is still readable from the street.
- Refinishing Your Deck – A dingy, grey or splintered deck is not an exciting place to spend your summer. Spring is the ideal time to clean your deck, as the cooler weather causes less stress on the wood as you clean and refinish it. When cleaning a deck, it’s better to leave the pressure washer in the garage and use a scrub brush and some elbow grease. An oxygenated-bleach cleanser will do a good job cleaning the deck. Once the deck is dry, sand lightly with an 80-grit paper, only enough to remove the grey. Vacuum up the dust, and then apply a new semi-transparent stain to keep your deck looking sharp for several years to come.
Whatever you choose to do, a few hours can leave your house feeling fit for summer. If you are considering selling your home, contact Michele Safford today or click here to find out what your home is worth.