5 Easy Projects to Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Spruce Up the Front Area

Adding some appeal to your house’s front porch or entryway is an excellent way to improve your home’s curb appeal, as it is often one of the first places people’s eyes go when they are viewing homes. There are also many ways to achieve this, making it a fun and versatile project to undertake. You can go for smaller, simple changes, like adding potted plants, a seasonal wreath, or even shiny new house numbers, to more involved changes, such as painting the trim around your porch, or replacing your front door. Any improvements you make around this area of your home will surely gain your home a lot more attention.

Change Up the Color

Another fun way to increase your home appeal is to change the color of your home. You can do this rather inexpensively by painting your home’s siding, stucco, or brick—or you could opt to re-side your home entirely, giving you a lot of color and texture options. Contact several local home exterior specialists and gather a few quotes. Your home may be a perfect candidate to go from blah to beautiful in no time. This is an especially great choice if you are planning to resell in the near future. Look up the most sought after colors and/or materials and choose wisely.

Tend to the Lawn

Your lawn is a big deal—especially for those passing by or potential buyers. Everyone seems to notice a lovely, well cared for lawn; but, the truth is, most people notice neglected lawns as well. If your grass is dead, consider re-seeding or re-sodding. In a hurry? There are even environmentally friendly grass “painting” services available, in case you need to impress quickly.

In addition to caring for your lawn, also consider the effects of landscaping around your home. Good landscaping can take front and center and add a great deal of curb appeal to a home. In fact, many buyers report that they would pay a bit more for a home with a beautifully landscaped home. If you are good with gardening and lawn care, DIY can be both a fun and rewarding project, and it will save you on labor costs from professional landscapers.

Power Wash All the Dirt

Power washing your home, driveway, deck, and walkways is a quick and easy solution to make your home look like a million bucks in virtually no time. If you don’t own a power-washer, ask around to see if friends or neighbors have one to loan out. If not, head to a home improvement store where they rent them by the day (sometimes hourly). Professional power washing tip: avoid doors, windows, and any other on the exterior of your home where there may be glass or weather sealing.

Make Way for a New Driveway

You don’t have to replace your home’s driveway to make a great impression—although doing so will certainly up your home’s curb appeal! Give your existing driveway a makeover by power washing, edging the lawn around the driveway, and weeding any existing plants from crevices. If there are large cracks in your driveway, use the same material of the driveway to fill in the cracks. You’ll be amazed at what a little TLC for your driveway can do to improve the entire look of your home.

…One Last Project to Consider

Another great way to improve your home–although it won’t do much for curb appeal—is to consider a replacement HVAC system from Cardinal Heating and A/C. A new energy efficient system could save you a TON on energy costs. We are proud to be one of the most reliable providers of HVAC services in the Seattle area. Call us today to learn more. 425-296-2097.

Quick Home Improvement Fixes You Can Do Before Summer

The dog days of summer are almost upon us, so be sure to take advantage of the end of spring!  Sneak in a few of these quick home improvements now, and enjoy the fruits of your labor once the summer heat sets in. These easy home improvements take little effort but offer a huge reward in terms of sprucing up your space.

No need to invest in a huge remodel to make the most of your living space. Nor do you need to set aside a ton of downtime; most of these improvements can be accomplished in just one weekend! Check out our list of home improvement fixes you can do right now (before the summer heat sets in).

Home Improvements that can Make a Huge Difference

Quick Home Improvement Fixes for Summer

While you’re thinking of home improvements, consider an unseen part of your home that is incredibly important: your indoor air quality. There are several reasons why you should consider the quality of your home’s air, especially as we move into AC season. A better night’s sleep, lower energy costs, and peace of mind are just a few. Call us today to find out more about your home’s IAQ: 425-296-2097

 

4 Things About Home Improvement You’ll Kick Yourself for Not Knowing

Your home is a big investment. It’s vital that homeowners work to improve their home improvement or maintenance knowledge so that they can protect their home from damage and preserve or enhance its value. If you’re a new homeowner or just new to home improvement, you may be wondering, where do I start? Below, we’ve put together some basic facts about home improvement that it’s important for homeowners to be aware of.

What You Need to Know About Home Improvement

If you enjoy working on home improvement projects yourself then you’ll want to educate yourself about the basics. Here are just a few facts about home improvement that you should know as a homeowner:

  1. To ensure safety, make sure that you check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly.

Smoke and carbon monoxide are no joke. These pollutants can impact your family’s health and well-being, which is why it’s important for homeowners to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are working at all times. To ensure that you and your family are safe, check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly to ensure that the batteries are fresh and they are operating properly.

  1. Hardwood floors need to be waxed periodically.

Hardwood floors are a big selling point for home buyers. If you have hardwood floors, you want to make sure that you can enjoy them for years to come and also protect this important investment. Hardwood floors that don’t have a polyurethane finish need to be waxed periodically. Homeowners can use a liquid or paste spirit wax to wax the floors to keep them well-maintained and looking good.

  1. You can use a plunger or plumber’s snake to unclog your drains.

Many homeowners resort to chemical drain cleaners to unclog their drains. However, over time these chemical cleaners can damage your system, causing the need for costly repairs. Instead of running for the drain cleaner every time you have a clog, try to use a plunger or plumber’s snake to free the clog. For more difficult clogs, you may have to call in a professional.

  1. Your air conditioner and furnace should be serviced by a professional HVAC technician at least once a year.

Many homeowners realize the importance of checking their air filter once a month and changing the filter when it becomes dirty or clogged. However, some homeowners neglect to have their system serviced annually. Much like the filter changes, an annual HVAC tune-up helps you ensure that your system is clean and running efficiently. During your service visit, a professional HVAC technician will clean and lubricate your equipment while also looking for any repair needs.

If you have any questions about your heating and cooling system, don’t hesitate to contact Cardinal Heating & AC. Our experienced team of HVAC technicians knows just what it takes to keep Kirkland homeowners comfortable year-round, and we’d be happy to answer any questions or address concerns you may have about home improvement when it comes to HVAC.