Lifestyle & Trends - Weekend home improvement projects that add value and curb appeal
(BPT) - Weekend warriors rule as 2013 is proving to be the year that the do-it-yourself trend reaches full momentum. If you have a weekend to spare, you have plenty of time to make some home improvements that add value and curb appeal. The key is to choose projects that have a big impact, but only take a few days to complete.
The first step in preparing for any home improvement project is ensuring you have all the right tools and supplies. If you need project-specific tools, it may make sense to rent them rather than buy, depending on how many times you plan to use them.
Next, head to a home improvement store for supplies. An invaluable tool for weekend warriors is the Adarac Truck Bed Rack System. This removable rack is compatible with most inside-the-rail tonneau covers, and can be quickly added to your specific truck model within minutes. The system provides a sturdy framework that carries a 500-pound load with ease – perfect for ladders, boxes, lumber, pipes and more.
Consider these projects that can be done in one weekend – each will add impressive curb appeal while enhancing your home’s overall value:
1. Garage door upgrade
One of the largest focal points of a house’s exterior is the garage door, yet it’s often overlooked when it comes time to consider home improvements. An old garage door with dings, scratches and dents can be an eyesore that dates a home. A new garage door can give your house’s facade a stylish facelift, revamping the home’s look instantly. Modern options are convenient to install and operate, and are sure to impress neighbors, guests and potential buyers, if you are selling. Plus, according the 2013 Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling magazine, replacing a garage door has a 75 percent return on investment, meaning you’re sure to add value to your real estate investment.
2. Create a grand welcome
Many people use their garage entranceway as the main way to enter their home, so it’s easy to forget about the experience of entering through the front door. That’s why it’s important to take a moment to walk to your home through the main entrance, like a guest or potential buyer would. Is the experience warm and welcoming, or drab and dated? If the entrance path to your home is less than stellar, a few upgrades will improve it tremendously. Trim overgrown shrubs, add new mulch, paint wood stairs or railways and consider replacing your entry door – a new steel entry door has an impressive 85 percent return on investment. Use your Adarac Truck Bed Rack to move all the supplies, which is simple with the multitude of tie-down points that run the entire length of the system.
3. Reseal the driveway
A cracked, faded driveway can make your property look older than it really is. If you have an asphalt driveway, it’s easy to refresh it without a complete replacement or upgrade to concrete. Sealing, while messy, is achievable for even modest DIYers, helping to extend the life of your driveway while adding an attractive cohesive black appearance. Visit your local home improvement store for all necessary supplies. Remember to fill cracks and holes before brushing the sealer over the surface of the driveway. Keep in mind that older driveways that have not been resurfaced may require two coats
These projects have a big impact and can be completed in one weekend or less, making them perfect for today’s DIY homeowner. But no matter what home improvement project you decide to take on, make sure you start with a plan and get the appropriate supplies so you can manage your time and budget efficiently.
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