It's the time of year for spring cleaning, particularly if you're looking to stage your Idaho home this buying/selling season. Even if you don't plan on selling your home, regular maintenance, repairs and other upkeep tasks are vitally important for not only keeping your home looking its best, but to preserve your home's value. Here we offer a list of exterior home projects you can tackle in a day without draining your bank account, and significantly boost your home's appeal in the process-not only for yourself but for prospective buyers.
Here's a few ideas to get you started:
Create an Inviting Entry
Give your home an exterior face lift and create a welcome entry. It goes without saying that first impressions are everything, and even something as simple as using new paint colors can update your home. Your front door is your home's focal point and in less than a day you can enhance it and make a statement by giving it some color or even by installing a unique, custom door. While improving your existing door, use metal polish on the door fixtures and clean off any dirty spots.
Makeover Your Mailbox
Your mailbox is one of the best ways to show off your personality, and it's also one of the most affordable and fun decorating options that adds instant appeal to buyers. There are so many ways to spruce up your mailbox, including vinyl self-stick decals and numerous paint options. Add a touch of landscaping charm by surrounding it with a flowering garden.
Make Your Windows Shine
This is one of the most satisfying chores you can do when giving your home an exterior boost. Make your windows sparkle and let the sunshine in with a good window cleaning. While washing windows is a tiresome and precarious chore for many homeowners, it's an important part of staging your home and ensuring there are no smudges and unsightly marks.
Clear the areas surrounding your home of any unsightly clutter. Just like the inside of your home, the outside tends to accumulate unnecessary clutter, and you can tackle this job easily enough with storage bins for the garage.
Trim, Prune, Weed and Mow
A well manicured lawn says a lot about a home, and sends positive messages to the buyer. Anyone looking at your home who's impressed with the exterior will likely assume the interior is well cared for as well. Cut back shrubbery that hides your house, including trees, hedges, and anything else that might obscure the house from the road. Get rid of unsightly weeds and keep the lawn well mowed. It's also a good idea to re-consider any personal garden art if you’re staging your home.
Clean dirty siding and deck areas with a pressure washer. If you don't own one, rent one from your local home improvement store and spend the day washing walkways and the driveway.
Add New House Numbers
It's important that your house numbers are easy to see. If they're obscure or dirty and dingy, consider replacing them with a style that complements your home.
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