Hey there will you Harry home owner types. Would you like to increase the value of your home, and possibly make it a little more saleable?. Of course you would. That was a loaded question. Here’s a few ideas that the average handyman homeowner can do to achieve just those goals.
Let’s start off with the front lawn. Do you have your spots in your lawn where there’s be grass? Crabgrass? I would clean those areas out and either plant seed or put down some sod. Won’t cost much, just some labor. A good clean vibrant lawn is very attractive to potential buyers. And don’t forget to do edging on the grass. What you get the edging done which can take some time, it’s very simple to maintain with a string trimmer. What it does is give a good clean look that buyers love to see.
How is your front door? Is it old and wooden with a crack or two? Is it in good shape but just looks a little dingy? How about you refinishing the wood stain if that’s what it has or putting a Fresh coat of paint on it? While you’re at it either polish the hardware or replace it with something that looks a lot nicer? If it’s in really bad shape consider replacing the door with a new one. Look for a good quality energy efficient door, this is not a place to skimp on costs. You really should buy something a little bit nicer than a $200 steel door. After all, you only get one chance to make that first impression. Right?
How about outdoor lighting? Do you actually have any? Outdoor Lighting makes the home look nicer. It helps keep you and your family safe. And adds security. I like to use solar lighting. You can use Pathway lights, there’s many different variations of lighting poles, some with flower pots built in. And many wall mounted solar lights that you can have.
You look at your house everyday, and you may not notice that it’s just plain dirty. Take a good close look. Many times homes have a layer of dirt all over the siding. So get out the pressure washer and give it a bath. While you’re at it take a look at the areas that don’t get much sun. They probably have some green mold growing. You can either powerwash those away or they have chemicals that you can spray on with a garden hose which will wash away the green stuff. This is much easier than standing on top of a ladder with a power washer. Speaking of ladders and power washers, have you looked at your roof? Is it dirty or stained? Whatever you do, do not power wash it. You’ll wash years of roofing life off with a power washer. If it really bothers you to see stains on your roof, there are companies that do roof shampooing. This is a much better alternative. And you can make your house look more presentable and potential buyers.