Transformation Thursday: Side Yard

When looking at homes, remember to see the potential. Small investments in your home can have a big payoff! Here's an example of how we transformed this unused, non landscaped side yard into a functional vegetable garden for under $500! It only took one weekend to clean out and complete. What use to be a side yard we tried to hide, we now love to spend time and care for it.

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Transformation Thursday

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  Thinking about selling your home? Step outside and look at the first impression your home is giving. Most buyers are looking at homes online first, and lack of curb appeal in that first photo could prevent potential buyers from seeing your listing. You can increase your curb appeal by doing some of these 7 things. 

1)Landscape- mow the grass, weed the yard, and trim the tree. If there is room in your budget, think about planting some fresh plants with flowers. 

2) Power wash- rent a power washer to clean up the exterior of the house, the walk way, and the driveway. 

3) Clean windows- clean the inside and outside of the windows so your home is sparkling. 

4) Color to the front door- add a bright contrasting color to your front door to bring life to your entry way.

5) Repaint the exterior- freshen up existing paint or try a new color for the exterior. Look at your neighbors and get a feel for what would suit your home. 

6) Paint the Trim- if you can't paint the exterior, think about painting just the trim or windows in an accent color to make the house pop

7) Replace fixtures- out of date lights can seem unappealing. Even replacing housing numbers with a modern font can do wonders for curb appeal. 

8) Add outdoor lighting- add lighting to a pathway and spot lights to special features can be very easy be done in one afternoon with solar lights.

Winterizing your Home

Its been pouring like crazy these last few days and I spent an evening quickly cleaning out my gutters in the rain. It was not fun or pretty but it got me thinking, is your home ready for the winter weather?

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Here is how to prepare your home for wet weather:

1)Prep your gutters and downspouts- clean them of debris and make necessary repairs. Its smart to clean before the rain, and then once again after the first big rain to remove any leaves and debris that wash down from the roof. 

2)Check your roof, skylights, and flashing- if checking your roof is more than you can handle, think about having a professional inspect the roof for about $85-$100. 

3) Inspect the house siding- check for damage, cracks and holes. Seal up the leaks with clear or paintable caulk.

4)Weatherstrip windows and doors- you wouldn't believe the draft and heat loss that can come from not applying or replacing old weatherstrips. 

5) Sump pump and generators- have a basement or crawl space that may potentially flood? Now is the time to think about buying a sump pump. Generators can provide enough power to keep some appliances running during a power outage. 

6)Have trees trimmed- rainwater and wind can make heavy branches fall and cause major damage to your property. Weak trees can snap or become easily uprooted. 

When there is a break in the rain, take the weekend to get you house ready so you won't be doing things in the dangerous and wet weather! Call me if you need recommendations for roof repairs and gutter cleaners!