Spring cleaning is on the minds of many home owners. Cleaning can lead to various home improvement projects which can enhance your home's appearance and performance. Not all home improvement projects require a caviar budget. In fact, Lang Premier Properties suggests five home improvement projects under $1,000 that are sure to be crowd pleasers for prospective buyers.
BASIC SIDING REPAIR
Winter can wreak havoc on a home's siding. Especially for Michigan residents. Aluminum and vinyl siding are easily dented and damaged by hailstones. Painted wood siding is susceptible to moisture damage during colder months and frequently requires repacement of such damaged areas. The repair of siding aids in strong curb appeal in many cases and helps to prevent from such atrocities as wood rot which require more expensive and invasive repair. Most minor siding repairs average roughly $300 while more invasive repairs can be as expensive as $1,000. Be proactive in addressing the minor repairs before they turn into major projects. For homeowners wishing to save a few dollars, Lang Premier Properties suggests matching the color of the new siding to that of the old siding in efforts to replace only damaged portions rather than entire sections. Aluminum and vinyl sidings can easily be painted to match existing colors if matching replacement planks are unavailable.
For the average DIYer, aluminum and vinyl siding is an easy repair. Dents can be popped out of aluminum with ease and broken boards can be removed and replaced without the hassle of removing an entire section. Professionals should be consulted when addressing repairs for wood siding, masonite, brick, and fiber cement siding as such repairs pose more of a detailed challenge for homeowners.
IF THE BARN NEEDS PAINTING...
The front door of a home has often been compared to the decorative bow on the Christmas package wrapping. If your front door is peeling, cracking, or fading, consider a fresh coat and perhaps a change of color to brighten things up. The winter weather freeze and thaw cycle often magnifies the flaws of such damages and a fresh, inviting front door goes a long way in boosting the curb appeal of any home. For DIYer's, this project ranges from $20 to $300 for higher end doors and paint jobs. Investing in a high quality enamel paint will save money in this project as high enamel paints are less likely to be in need of routine touch-ups as often as other paints. This results in less paint, less often! Be sure to use a top quality primer and two coats of paint for immaculate results. Doors with windows, glass inserts, and detailed carvings should be left to the professionals as they require a more specialized approach.
A good deck stain protects wood from elements such as snow, ice, and freezing rain. Stain also helps to ensure a deck will not absorb too much moisture, resulting in wood rot. If your deck is looking a little sad and worn, enhance your home's curb appeal with a new stain application. For a deck of 500 square feet, stain usually runs $2/square foot, resulting in not much more than $400 for a completed deck stain project. Be sure to power wash prior to stain application and allow appropriate time for a full drying. Time and money can be saved by doing this process yourself and you can call the professionals to come in afterward.
If you’re comfortable with tackling the job yourself, DIY can also save you professional fees, as most pros will take about 4-5 hours to do the job, and charge for their time. Most capable homeowners are good candidates for tackling this job indepently of a hired professional. The rental or purchase of a power washer (usually available at Home Depot or Lowes) will be necessary in order to properly clean the deck. Remove any peeling stain or old stain and plan to apply a minimum of two coats for proper coverage.
GET YOUR "DUCTS" IN A ROW
You can never go wrong with a good duct cleaning. If you've performed indoor rennovations in the past year or two, it is wise to hire a professional company to clean your ducts as there is sure to be a build-up of drywall dust, particles, and general debris. A good duct cleaning can ensure that your HVAC system will continue to operate efficiently and your family members who suffer from allergies are sure to benefit from the removal of general debris, thus improving air quality in your home. The average duct cleaning service runs between $300 and $500, usually landing at about $200 for a smaller home and $900 for ductwork that is older and might need to be upgraded at the same time. HVAC sytem filters should be changed seasonally at a minimum to ensure efficient removal of dust and dirt. Buildup can be removed via the frequent cleaning and wiping down of grates.
Regular lawn fertilization is more important than you may realize. Homeowners can expect a reduction in weeds and overall improved lawn quality when practicing timely lawn fertilization. This process can also help to reduce the amount of water and maintenace your lawn may require. Lawn fertilization runs around $0.03/square foot for a 6,000 square foot lawn. Prices can increase to $0.04/square foot during the peak season. Experts suggest watering your lawn early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid dryout of grass and fertilizer by the daytime sun rays.
Regular maintenance and upkeep of any home is paramount to a good resale value and curb appeal does wonders for attracting prospective buyers.
If you'd like to learn more about practical home improvements and increasing your home's resale value, please don't hesitate to message Lang Premier Properties online or call us at 1-855-526-4466.