The Why? Let’s Bring Some High-value Changes On A Low Budget!
Did you just move into an older property? Have you been neglecting your home for a while? Recently got inspired?? Here are a few ways to boost your property value!
Many go through the same steps as listed below, and they decide to take their house off the market, because of how ‘WOW-ED’ they were with their newly rejuvenated home!
Landscaping can significantly enhance the curb appeal and overall value of a property. Here are five effective ways to increase property value through landscaping:
Trim Those Bushes!
Well-designed and Maintained Gardens go a long way! Get the bushes and lawn trimmed up, it can transform the space with just a morning’s worth of work. Mowing it down, the space will be a lot more refreshing.
Plant Selection: If bare spots exist in the garden, plug in a mix of flowers, shrubs, and trees for visual interest. The best kind of plants are the lower ‘zone’ category plants. They are often a lot harder for our Canadian climate! Perennials and Shrubs are your best friends for a low-maintenance garden, but don’t be afraid of getting some Mums and Pansys for that splash of colour!
Maintenance: Regularly prune, weed, and fertilize to keep the garden looking well-maintained. An unkempt garden can detract from the overall appeal. Even if the lawn is completely overgrown in weeds, give it a good trim before
Give it a Good Wash!
Power washing, also known as pressure washing, can be a highly effective way to enhance the appearance of a landscaped patio. Most of the time, the condition of the existing fence, patio, facade of the house, or even your garage door, it is just covered in a layer of thick grim. So give it a good wash, and you’d be SUPRISE at how amazing it looks after a good spray!
Just straight water, no chemicals just yet.
A Fresh Coat Would do the Trick!
For all the wood elements that you have on your property, such as your fence, shed, doors and trims, or even your brick! After a good clean with the power washer, let it dry nicely before throwing on a fresh coat of paint!
Let’s not worry about colour here just yet, as that is a different topic, but any paint will have a significant impact on your property, and you’d be surprised how inexpensive it is! However, don’t cheap out on the brush! The brush is the bee’s knee when it comes to painting, so keep investing in a nice brush for the highest quality of work, a little goes a long way!
Here are a quick tips on painting:
- Clean the Fence: Before painting, it's crucial to clean the fence thoroughly. Remove dirt, dust, cobwebs, and any other debris. You can use a fence pressure washer, a scrub brush, or a combination of both, depending on the condition of the fence.
- Repair Damaged Areas: Inspect the fence for any damage, such as loose boards, splinters, or cracks. Repair or replace damaged sections before proceeding with painting.
- Sand the Surface: Sand the fence to smooth out any rough spots or imperfections. This step helps the paint adhere better and provides a smoother finish. Use medium-grit sandpaper or a sanding block.
- Protect Surrounding Areas: Cover nearby plants, grass, or other surfaces with drop cloths or plastic sheeting to protect them from paint splatters.
- Select the Right Paint: Choose a high-quality exterior paint specifically designed for outdoor use. Consider using a paint that includes a primer to provide better coverage and adhesion.
- Prime if Necessary: If your fence is made of a porous material or has never been painted before, applying a primer can help seal the surface and improve the durability of the paint job. Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for the primer.
- Choose the Right Tools: Use a high-quality paintbrush, paint roller, or paint sprayer, depending on the size and type of your fence. A combination of tools may be effective for different parts of the fence.
- Apply the Paint: Start painting from the top of the fence and work your way down, applying an even coat of paint. Pay attention to any drips, and smooth them out before they dry. Be thorough in covering all surfaces, including the sides and edges of the fence boards.
- Allow Drying Time: Follow the drying time recommended by the paint manufacturer between coats. Typically, it's advisable to apply a second coat for better coverage and durability.
- Inspect and Touch Up: Once the paint has dried, inspect the fence for missed spots or areas needing touch-ups. Address any imperfections promptly.
- Clean Up: Clean your painting tools according to the instructions provided by the paint manufacturer. Dispose of any leftover paint or materials responsibly.
Regular maintenance, such as repainting every few years, will help keep your fence looking fresh and well-protected against the elements. The specific steps may vary depending on the type of fence material, so always refer to the product recommendations and follow best practices for the material you are working with.
This is a difficult topic for some, as every item carries a certain memory, possible use, or even it has a function still. But too many of something may be an issue on their own..unless you are in an Art Deco movement house.
Decluttering can be a zen-like moment! For most people, going through the process of decluttering, becomes a surreal moment, but overall, you get SO MUCH SPACE BACK.
Decluttering your backyard can transform it into a more organized and inviting space. Here are three tips to help you declutter your backyard effectively:
1. Categorize and Prioritize: Begin by categorizing items in your backyard into different groups. For example, create categories such as furniture, garden tools, decor, and toys. Once items are categorized, prioritize them based on their importance, functionality, and frequency of use. This will help you identify what to keep, what to relocate, and what to remove.
2. Create Dedicated Storage Areas: Establish designated storage areas for specific items. Invest in storage solutions such as outdoor sheds, storage benches, or wall-mounted hooks for tools. This helps keep items organized and prevents them from accumulating in random spaces. Store similar items together so that they are easy to find when needed.
3. Implement the "One In, One Out" Rule: Adopt a rule that for every new item introduced into the backyard, one old or unused item must be removed. This prevents the accumulation of unnecessary items over time. Before adding anything new, assess whether it serves a purpose and whether it contributes positively to the overall aesthetic of the space.
By categorizing, prioritizing, creating dedicated storage areas, and following a disciplined approach to acquiring new items, you can maintain a clutter-free backyard. Regular maintenance and periodic reassessment of your outdoor space will help ensure that it remains organized and enjoyable.
If you're seeking a professional landscaping contractor, Action Home Services professionals are here to assist you.