Your property’s exterior is as important as the interior. It is one of the first parts of your home that people see, even from the curbside. Why not take this opportunity to do some cleaning up and improvements to the outside before fall.
1. Do a Power Wash
Power washing is rather underrated at times, yet it could save you lots and refresh your home without putting in too much effort. Using the strong forced water to clean surfaces it allows you to clean away debris and dirt effortlessly. There are lots of before and after photos that you can check online for inspiration. If you don’t own a power washer, you can opt to rent one.
2. Install a Hot Tub
Take your outdoor entertainment and leisure time up a notch with a comfortable hot tub on your property. Some people locate it close to the poolside, and others have it as an addition to their gym room. You could also choose just to install the hot tub in your backyard or extended porch if the space allows. Either way, it will add value to your home. According to HotSpring, hot tubs are trendy in American homes. It is estimated that there are 5.8 million hot tubs in U.S. households today.
3. Improve the Garden and Landscaping
It doesn’t matter if you have a small yard attached to your home or a large garden; you can make it look extra beautiful and add to the curb appeal by simply cleaning it up. For instance, trimming trees and removing overgrown or diseased trees are beneficial for the environment.
Typical tree removal costs are estimated between $150 – $2,000. The average to cut down or remove one tree is estimated between $700–$750, according to This Old House. Sometimes, landscaping involves removing trees and planting new ones or new plants. A beautiful garden is not only relaxing, but it could also improve the value of your home.
4. Repair the Roof
Roof repairs will do wonders to improve the functionality of your home in terms of insulation and temperature control. Damages to the roof over the years can lead to higher energy bills and possible leaking and moisture issues like mold. The additional expense that a problematic roof can cause is not worth the stress.
Invest in the good condition of your roof by doing regular maintenance and repairs where needed. At the same time, if an assessment determines that the roof needs replacing, then do so because it will benefit you in the long run. According to Building.com, roof leaks are a major issue that is usually traced to four primary locations, namely, holes in flashing, unsealed windows, cracked walls, or a fully pierced roof panel. Having your roof replaced can increase the value of your home and add some beautiful curb appeal.
5. Repair the Wood Finishes
Wooden doors and window frames are beautiful and very rustic, but they can truly look beat up if not maintained. The weather can take its toll, and it can pretty much show on wood surfaces. Give your wooden finishes a fresh touch with a new coating of weather resistance. You can treat the wooden deck, window frames, and wooden doors outside your home.
6. Upgrade the Siding
Perhaps it’s time for a fresh take on the current siding situation. Maybe the ones installed now have had many years and look old and tired. There are many materials to choose from when it comes to siding. Some are really easy to maintain, great for added insulation, and add extra beauty to your home.
7. Paint the Exterior Walls
Give your home a new look with a fresh coat of paint. You may opt for a brand-new color compared to the previous one, or you might want to refresh the previous one by simply doing a new coat. It’s also a good idea to paint after the power wash as this improves the outcome tenfold. Sure, it’s an extra step, but if you can afford it, then why not? Quality paint on the exterior can last up to 10 years.
Have you considered something to improve on your home before fall? You can tackle some of these as DIY projects, and to help make everything go quicker, you can also consider hiring a contractor. Either way, try these tips and give your home the refresh it needs as you usher in the new season.