Quick Tips for Creating Value and Hominess

January 27, 2014

Whether you are thinking about selling your home or just want some minor tune-ups, the start of a new year is a great time for little home improvements. With some small changes and easy fixes, your home will look great in no time.

Home improvement collage

Create Curb Appeal

Sure, a well-kept yard looks great to passing eyes. More importantly, though, a beautiful exterior is great to come home to. What could be better than pulling into the driveway after a long day away from home and thinking, “I just love this house?” You want to be content with your home, not focused on all the chores you have to do to make it acceptable. Zillow suggests a few simple fixes that can help you move toward that goal:

  • Clean your yard/front steps/entryway. Remove unnecessary items. Find somewhere out of the way to shoes, bikes and the like.
  • Pull weeds and dead plants. It’s easy, free and can make a world of difference.
  • Add lighting along walkways. What warmer way is you to welcome you into your warm, cozy home at night?
  • Plant new, colorful flowers. Plant them in beds, in pots by the front door, around trees and along walkways. Fresh flowers send the message that a home is well cared for.

Get Down to the Basics Right

Most homeowners have a list of projects that they’ve been meaning to get to — things that will provide them with a safer, more comfortable abode. Some you can do yourself and others are best left to professionals.

  • Flickers and drips. Lights that flicker and dripping faucets may seem like minor inconveniences, but can actually be more complex than they appear. A toilet that gets stuck in the running position can really waste a shocking amount of water.  If you’re not certain how to safely repair them, ask me for a referral to a great repair resource.
  • Top and bottom. Basements and attics are infamous for housing spiders and rodents. Now is the time to make your home less welcoming to pests and more hospitable to humans. While you can easily brush away spider webs and sweep away rodent droppings, a professional service can make sure they’re gone for good. Companies like Planet Orange, Orkin and Clark will also take care of termites, and other pests that can end up costing you a bundle.  We also have some great local companies for termite and dry rot repair in particular.  Just ask me who to call.

Small Changes That Make a Huge Impact

Home improvements do not need to be extravagant in order to make a big impression. There are a number of less-expensive fixes that will change the appearance of your home.

  • Declutter. Look around your home and get rid of any items that have become little more than dust magnets. Decluttering your home can help create a more tranquil environment. HGTV also points out that it frees up space and makes your home look larger.
  • Deep clean. If your busy schedule has prevented you from giving your home a deep cleaning in a while, schedule the time to do so. It may be that you can only do one room at a time or need to hire help to assist you as you clean. In either case, cleaning is another way to create a sense of peace.
  • Add fresh paint. Whether you decide to repaint an existing color or opt for an entirely new palette, fresh paint is considered to be one of the least expensive, most effective ways to change the look of your home.