Keeping Your Home Fresh - Some Spring Tips
Column by Terry Barr, Coldwell Banker Camp Hill
With the onset of warmer weather homeowners are looking at freshening things up around their property - here's a few tips to get you started!
One of the first things you can do is to take care of the obvious. Trim your flower beds, prune low hanging or damaged limbs from surrounding trees, powerwash winter mold, that tends to magically appear on the siding of your home, tidy up storage areas, clean out gutters (although you may not like heights), and freshen up the paint on trim, porches and decks.
In addition, you may want to consider a small project that can beautify your home and give curb appeal without breaking the budget. I recently started a small patio off of a wood deck which gives some transition from the yard to the deck and will serve as an area to have morning coffee or extra space for entertaining guests. While there will be some labor involved and a bit of measuring and leveling, if I can do this (me and Google) any patient home owner with about $800 bucks and a shovel can pull this off.
These few small and one not so small projects can get your home ready for summer fun in Central PA and bring your home up to par if you are considering selling your home this spring. Real Estate is just like anything else, it needs to be cared for and maintained. I well maintained home with nice curb appeal, would be more likely to sell for closer to market value than a house that has been neglected. Seems obvious but many homeowners wait until they want to or need to sell their home and then the once small projects seem overwhelming.
Get market value by doing the little things every spring inside and out!