Small Home Improvement Projects to Tackle Before You List Your Home

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Preparing to list your home is a process, that when done correctly, can help you to achieve the best possible price as well as aid you in selling your home more quickly. Before you sell your home, there are a few small home improvement projects that you will want to have completed before your first showing. 

Address Any Floor Issues

Carpet stains, worn areas, scratched wood, and crack tiles, can all be a turn off for potential buyers. If you have a newer carpet, performing a deep clean may suffice, but if it is older and worn, you should consider replacing it. Tile flooring should be replaced if cracked and if in good enough condition to keep, take the time to thoroughly clean the grout to get your floors looking like new. For hardwood floors, consider having them refinished so that they can look like fresh again.

Update Your Home’s Hardware

Door knobs, drawer pulls, cupboard handles, and hinges can easily make a house look dated. This is an easy upgrade that can be made and requires little labor. Choose more modern designs and finishes and make sure that the theme is consistent throughout the room in your home. 

Remove Popcorn Ceilings

If your ceilings are still covered in popcorn, now is the perfect time to be rid of it, to give your ceilings a more modern look. The good news with this improvement is that it will only cost you a little in ceiling paint and mainly requires time to complete. While scraping all of your ceilings may seem like a daunting task at first, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much it can change the look of the room.

Declutter Your Closets

Before you list our home, you will want it to seem as spacious, as organized, and as neat as possible. While most people know that closets are typically filled in most homes, when they are filled too much, it can make it hard to judge the available space. Declutter and get rid of anything that you no longer need. If your closets are still brimming, you may want to consider packing anything that you will not need until after your move and having it placed in storage. 

Address Minor Repairs

Now is the ideal time to address any minor repairs that you have been putting off. Fix any plumbing issues such as clogs and leaks, repair any damage to walls and door frames, and replace any burnt out light bulbs. You want buyers to know that the house is well-maintained. It will make them more confident that major problems are less likely. 

Tackle the small improvement projects above to get your home ready to list to help put you in the best position to get what you are looking for out of the sale of your home. 

How and Where to Install Insulation

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Insulation keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer by reducing either heat coming in or escaping from your home. You might think that adequately insulating a home would be part of the home-building process. But since many new homebuyers don’t consider insulation when buying, many home builders only meet bare minimum standards. Fortunately, you can add insulation yourself. 

Where Do You Need More Insulation?

Ceilings and attics are a great place to start. But you also need insulation inside your outer walls. Insulating an un-air conditioned crawlspace or basement can also reduce that air from impacting your home environment. And insulation around pipes reduces the risk of cracking in cold weather.

You’ll likely only need insulation on interior walls if your goal is to reduce the sound that travels through the home. If you need insulation inside your walls, interior or exterior, it’s best to contact a professional.

How to Install Installation on Your Pipes

You don’t have to cover all of the pipe to make a difference. But the more you cover, the less the risk.

The best way to insulate pipes is with foam insulators. These are made to fit most pipes and easy to install. For this project, you just need foam insulators and a utility knife to cut them and duct tape for the corners and oddly-shaped pipes.

Step one: Locate at-risk pipes. Size them up and cut foam pieces to match your measurements.

Step two: Find the opening in the insulator and slide it around the pipe, using several insulators end-to-end to cover the whole pipe. *Pro tip* If the insulators don’t fit snuggly or are oddly shaped, unfold insulators and use duct tape to hold them together.

How to Install Insulation in the Attic or Basement

To keep it simple, we’ll share how to install roll insulation. Blow insulation is a more involved project so you may want to hire a professional.

You’ll need:

  • Work gloves
  • A mouth/nose mask
  • A roll of insulation
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • A 2X4 board
  • Utility knife
  • Duct tape (optional)
  • *Pro tip* Don’t unroll your insulation until you get it into the area where you’ll staple it. It will expand–a lot.

    Step one: Put on your mask and work gloves. Touching insulation directly or breathing it into your lungs or throat will be an itchy experience you’ll want to avoid.

    Step two: Cut the insulation into manageable sections. *Pro Tip* Lay the 2X4 on top of the rolled out insulation to press it down for a smoother cut.

    Step three: Using your staple gun, affix the insulation to the rafters, walls and other surfaces on the outside of the building. If your basement has stone walls with no beams, you won’t be able to staple insulation there. Use duct tape instead to cover the area.

    For more tips and tricks to improve your space with simple DIY projects, follow our blog.

    DIY: 4 Walkways to Boost Curb Appeal

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    It’s probably much easier and less expensive than you realize to improve your home’s curb appeal. Simple fixes such as replacing rickety porch railings or giving trim a fresh, bright coat of paint go a long way toward making prospective home buyers smile. And when you create a welcoming pathway, that leads right to your door from the street or driveway, you may get more than smiles. Depending upon how professionally it’s done and how cozy it appears, you just might get more money for your home. Try these five attractive options for creating the perfect, welcoming walkway:

    Pavers

    They come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re relatively inexpensive when you catch them on sale at your local home store. Pavers can help you design a walkway that looks upscale and unique to your home. Place them on the diagonal, or lay them with small stretches of grass or gravel in between for a one-of-a-kind look that’s unlike any other home in the neighborhood. A paved walkway gives guests traction on rainy days and can help keep the path to your front door mud-free. 

    Stamped Concrete

    Stamped concrete lasts forever, and you can customize it to create many different looks. Mimic cobblestone or slate, brick or natural stone, simply by stamping different designs into your concrete before it’s fully set. Once cured, your design is there forever. And if your stamped concrete was dyed before it was poured, no one will even recognize that it’s concrete. 

    Stamped concrete brings texture and form to your front yard. It also provides nice, clean edges for placing annual border plants such as petunias or marigolds. Add color and function all in one, when you install a stamped concrete walkway. 

    Mulch

    A mulched pathway is an improvement over no pathway at all, but it may not raise your property’s value. Mulch keeps mud at bay, and it delineates where guests should walk as they move from driveway to front door. It’s an economic choice, however. And if budget is an issue, mulch is a perfectly acceptable material to use in building walkways. You can always up the wow factor of your mulched walkway by evenly nestling single, large pavers on top for feet to land on.  

    Natural Stone

    Natural stone such as shale or slate gives walkways an immediate boost. It can be a bit slippery when it rains, however, so be careful building natural stone walkways on slopes. Natural stone is one of the more expensive building materials to use inside or out, but its distinct appearance adds value anywhere it’s used. 

    When you’re ready to bump up your home’s curb appeal, whether for your family’s convenience or to impress prospective buyers, consider the formidable power of the front walkway. It’s a gorgeous few steps in the right direction. 

    Vinyl Siding for Your Home

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    One of the clear benefits of siding is to protect both the exterior and interior of the home. This protection is mainly against harsh elements. There are many siding options from which to choose, but the standard siding choice is vinyl siding. Homeowners looking to add this feature to their home will enjoy many benefits such as: 

    Durability

    Vinyl is extremely durable and long-lasting when professionally installed. Vinyl siding does not rust, corrode, or warp, and its design withstands the harsh elements. Another feature that makes vinyl siding a good possibility is it’s impervious to pests, such as termites. Also, it is moisture resistant, unlike wood that is prone to rot or split.

    Affordability

    Another compelling reason why homeowners choose vinyl siding is the cost. Compared to other siding styles, vinyl is the least expensive, with a modest maintenance cost to boot. 

    Low maintenance

    The overall cost of maintaining vinyl siding is inexpensive. There is no need to paint, scrape, or apply a stain year after year. All you need is a gentle clean once a year with water and a mild mold remover or use a power washer to remove built-up mud and dirt.

    Improve home value

    Vinyl siding significantly increases your homes’ equity. It beautifies the exterior of your home. It doesn’t peel, chip or flake, which helps your home look well-maintained all the time. It can also improve your home’s value in the marketplace.

    Quick installation

    Vinyl siding is lightweight and often comes with pre-drilled holes for easy installation. As a result, the time required to install vinyl siding is minimal compared to the other options.

    Color choices

    Vinyl gives homeowners an extensive collection of options. It comes in a variety of colors and textures. Choose from narrow gauge triple-lap clapboard designs to wide-gauge Dutch-lap, faux-stone, or staggered shake styles. 

    Vinyl siding is the best when looking for an excellent siding choice that is durable, affordable and easy to maintain. Visit your local building store to get more information about vinyl siding or consult with your home contractor for a recommendation.