If you haven’t taken a look at the Calendar lately, you’re in for a surprise; the last weeks of summer are actually here. Before you start wondering where the season went, stop and take a minute to determine what you’ve accomplished this summer. If your answer is “not enough,” don’t worry; there’s still time to make this summer worthwhile. And if your home could use a little facelift, now is the perfect time to give it a little curb appeal boost.
Not sure where to start? We’re here to help.
Why Boost it Up?
Even if you’re not planning on putting your home on the market anytime soon, there’s just something about having a beautiful, well-kept home to drive up to at the end of every day. Not to mention that the summer months are all about outdoor play, backyard barbecues and lazy days on the front porch, so you’ll want to have something lovely to view during your summer play and get-togethers.
Additionally, with summer ending in a few weeks, the season for family gatherings and celebration is just around the corner. You’ll want to get your home in ship shape before those relatives, friends and loved ones start arriving – and to have a clean and beautiful palette for your holiday décor.
Small budget? No problem!
Not looking to spend your life savings on home projects? Don’t worry; you don’t have to break the bank in order to make a big difference in your curb appeal. Many projects – like landscaping, weeding, and easy repairs – require only some elbow grease and tools you likely already have around the house.
If you’re willing to put in some effort on clean-up, you can afford to spend a bit of your budget on those projects that really do require a professional – like professional window cleaning. Want to know what projects you can tackle yourself? Funny you should ask.
DIY Curb Appeal Projects
Wondering how you can spruce up your home’s aesthetic quickly (and with respect to your budget)? Start with the front door! With all the use it gets, front doors can wind up looking like the threshold to a war zone (which it might be sometimes).
This summer, give your door a makeover. That doesn’t necessitate spending hundreds of dollars on a whole new door. Instead, find a great step-by-step video that will help you paint or stain your door, replace the glass, install a cool knob or finally fix that sticking problem – all for very little cost. And once that’s done, you can find a beautiful wreath to give your entryway an added boost.
Another way to give your home a lift is to replace missing or broken shingles on your roof. Believe it or not, you can do this yourself, and it’s not terribly difficult either. Of course, safety is always an issue, so never attempt to embark on a roof project alone – or without some expert instruction.
If you want a project that will involve the whole family, gather up the shovels, rakes, and picks and get to work on the landscape. There’s no need to break the bank on expensive landscaping when you have able hands and good attitudes. Make a family day of pulling weeds, trimming bushes, cleaning up trash and planting flowers and shrubs. “Home” will be more personal than ever when you love the hands that created it.
When to Splurge
As we mentioned before, if you’re going to spend a little on your home’s curb appeal, hire the professionals to give your windows a good cleaning! Even if you consider them somewhat clear, you’ll be shocked at how much sunlight comes through after a professional cleaning. Not to mention that clean windows get noticed because your home will look newer and better-maintained than ever.
Ready to get your home looking great before summer is over? Give us a call today!