spring clean!

After a long winter of hibernation, we all look to get out, in shape and ready for spring.

It is also the right time to give your home a dusting off and boost its curb appeal – not only if you are selling, but also for pride of ownership.

Updating and maintaining your home helps preserve your home’s value and may even increase it. These are a few projects to net the best bang for your money:

1. WASH THE EXTERIOR: Dirt, grime and cobwebs invariably collect on the exterior of the house throughout the year. Pressure washing can remove this build up and give the home a fresh look that may add $10,000 to 15,000 to its value. Remember to include windows too.

2. PAINT: Paint is a sure-fire way to make you the envy of the neighborhood. Update your home with a fresh coat of the same color or choose a new shade. Painting the door, trim and shutters is a less expensive way to add pop.

3. NURTURE YOUR LANDSCAPE: A well-manicured lawn, trimmed shrubs and garden beds add attractive lines. Eliminate overgrown weeds and vines to give your home a clean and cared-for look. Incorporate low-maintenance native plants and perennials. This can save money, be aesthetically pleasing and add to your home’s curb appeal.

4. PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS AND MAINTENANCE: Polish door and cabinet hardware, clean the light fixtures and numbers on the house. Update and add lighting with LED bulbs for safety and brightness. Polish floors, clean the carpets and tiles to provide a clean look through the home. Reseal cracked asphalt on driveways, touch up peeling paint and replace mortar between bricks.

Performing regular maintenance will prevent costly deterioration, boost value, and give you deep satisfaction in where you live.

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