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entry Jul 9 2016, 08:31 PM
Whether youíre planning on selling your home in the very near future or youíre waiting for the last of your children to leave the nest, itís important that you keep your home in good shape so that you wonít have any trouble selling it. While itís a good idea to put some money into upgrading the kitchen and bathrooms, these interior home improvements wonít make any difference if prospective buyers arenít impressed when they pull up in front of the house. Great curb appeal is important to getting buyers inside your home when youíre trying to sell it. Here are five ways that you can help your home to make a better first impression on buyers.

Be objective

After years of living in your home, you become used to it and you no longer see it objectively. The first step in boosting the curb appeal of your home is developing the ability to see your home as though you were seeing it from the first time. Even if you feel a little weird, walk out to the sidewalk in front of your home and just stare at your house as if it was the first time you ever saw it. Try to see it as prospective buyers would. Are there any glaring problems? If so, make note of them so you can get them fixed. There should be a clearly defined path to the front door, even if you never use it. The porch should be well-lit and the house numbers should be clearly visible from the street. If the garage door or front door are looking worn, you may want to replace them or repaint them as they make a big impression.

Enlist the experts

You can do a lot of the home improvement work yourself but there are some things you may want to bring in a professional for. If youíve never done landscaping before, then anything beyond mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and planting new flowers might be beyond your abilities. Thereís no shame in admitting that you donít have the expertise for a given project and itís better to leave it to a pro than to attempt it yourself and do it incorrectly.

Respect the houseís origins

Every house has its own unique style. You donít want to ruin that as you work on your homeís exterior. Try to make home improvements that accent and complement your homeís original style without trying to transform it into something it isnít.

Weigh cost vs. value

Cost and value are two very different things. While itís important to consider the cost of a certain home improvement project, itís at least equally important to consider the value of that same project. Some projects will cost a lot and wonít give you much of a return on your investment while other projects might recoup nearly all of the cost.

Splurge a little on landscaping

You can make all the improvements to your home you want but if your yard doesnít look desirable, you still wonít have great curb appeal so donít be afraid to spend a little on some landscaping work. Have the yard aerated and seeded. Put in some fresh mulch for the planter areas. Plant some new flowers, shrubs, and trees. You may want to consider bringing in a landscaper or a lawn service professional.

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Source: freep.com/story/life/2016/06/26/tips-shape-house/86356566/

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entry Jun 27 2016, 10:07 PM
Painting the interior of a home is one of the most popular do-it-yourself home improvement projects because it's within the abilities of the average homeowner. That doesn't mean it's completely fool-proof however. To avoid a shoddy paint job, here are four easy painting tips you should follow.
  1. Buy the right tools. You don't need the most expensive painting tools money can buy. But you also don't want to buy the cheapest tools. Buy tools of decent quality and make sure you have everything you need including things to protect the room while you paint.
  2. Prep your new roller. Before you use your new paint roller for the first time, wrap it with painter's tape and remove it. This will remove loose particles so you can paint with more precision.
  3. Prep the room properly. You'll definitely want to cover every surface in the room unless you want paint on it. A think plastic covering is fine for covering furniture but spend a little more on a thicker plastic, or painter's cloth to cover the floor so it won't move around on you as you're trying to work.
  4. Affix painter's tape securely. Use a putty knife or similar tool to firmly press painter's tape against surfaces so paint has no chance of seeping beneath the tape and spoiling your hard work.
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Source: examiner.com/article/rmi-home-improvement-owner-4-easy-painting-tips-for-the-homeowner

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