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Boost Curb Appeal Without Breaking the Bank

You know spring has sprung when you see the first splash of purple crocuses budding along your driveway. If you’re thinking to yourself that you have never seen a crocus along your driveway, or aren’t even sure what a crocus is – it may be time to do a little spring cleaning in celebration of the new season. You don’t need to break the bank to boost your home’s curb appeal and liven up your yard. To get you started, here are our favorite quick fixes that won’t break your budget:

1. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

The easiest and most dramatic way to give your home a makeover is painting the exterior. To save money, consider only refreshing the façade, or using a combination of siding, stone, and paint for the perfect combination of texture and colors. M Carlson Painting offers free estimates on painting and boasts some of the most competitive prices around. (We can even glaze or stain your deck or fence for the royal treatment.)

2. Do Some Yard Work

We know the winter can be hard on your home, and your yard might need a little love. Spend an afternoon weeding your garden, planting spring bulbs (like those crocuses we mentioned), scrubbing your decks and sidewalks, and pressure washing your house. Pressure washers are inexpensive to rent, or you can hire professionals like our team at M Carlson Painting to do it for you.

3. Try Container Gardening

If you don’t have a green thumb, try purchasing large, colorful potted plants from your local Home Depot. The store offers a one-year warranty on all their plants, so even if your first (few) attempts don’t make it, you can get a replacement free of charge. Large potted plants add a pop of color and personality to your doorstep or can accentuate a rock garden with little effort, making them the perfect choice for on-the-go gardeners and beginners.

4. Add Fresh Details

You’ve heard the saying: it’s all about the details. Scour the internet, your local flea market, or home goods stores for unique accessories such as a new doormat, mailbox or ground and sidelights to change the look and feel of your entrance. Even small changes like switching out dull, generic house numbers for unique brass, ceramic or stainless steel variations can freshen up your home.

5. Install a New Path or Patio

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, try a DIY project. Resurface your pathways, build a fire pit or patio to take advantage of the warmer weather. Your local contractor can help estimate the work needed, where to get the materials, and what you and your family can and cannot do on your own. Some projects are easier to accomplish than you think, so don’t be afraid to give us a call. If we can’t help you, we can probably recommend someone who can.

9 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

Home improvement is synonymous with increasing the value of a home. A home owner wanting to increase the value of their home can choose any number of home improvement projects and decide which projects to pursue based on the amount of time and money they have or want to commit.

The home improvement spectrum runs from minor projects like a fresh coat of paint to major projects like choosing to renovate. Below are nine ways to add value to your home that run the gamut between minor and major projects.

  • Paint – Paint is a popular home improvement supply because few projects improve the look of a home as quickly or cheaply. Whether a home owner decides to paint a single room in the house or merely repaint the trim on the outside or if a person decides to repaint the entire house inside and out, a paint job is a major improvement because it is extremely noticeable.
  • Doors – Replacing the doors in a home is simple, fast and make a huge difference in the appearance of a home. Selecting a front door with windows or heavy, wood interior doors can add an entirely new feel to the atmosphere of a home.
  • Tile – Replacing linoleum or old tile with new tile gives a home a young and vibrant feel. By selecting the right colors and patterns for a kitchen, bathroom and entry-way, a home owner can substantially increase the value of their home.
  • Trees – The value of trees outside a home significantly increase the value of a home. They are easy to plant, are a pleasure to watch grow and countless varieties to choose from.
  • Fences – A sound new fence give a home a secure feeling because it is a means of keeping pets and small children away from danger. Constructing a fence also adds value to a home because a fence prevents others from easily accessing the home.
  • Concrete – While concrete work is more difficult work and time consuming than a paint job, the results are equally as noticeable and quickly add value to a home. Be removing old sidewalks, driveways, patios and walk-ways and replacing them anew, a home owner can drastically change the look of their home.
  • Siding – Many home owners are afraid to tackle a siding job, but the reality is, replacing old siding with new is a relatively easy job in relation to other carpentry projects and the change–the increase in value–of the home is obvious.
  • Roofing – Roofing is another home improvement project that may seem intimidating, but it’s actually one of the easier projects to complete if you are an amateur carpenter. And, as few aspects of a home are exposed to the elements with the same consistency as the roof, re-roofing a home adds considerable value.
  • Windows – New windows add a fresh, bright feeling to an old home. While replacing windows can be slightly complex, after a home owner replaces a few on their own, making the intricacies of a retrofit become more obvious and the process becomes easier.

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