With open homes being somewhat slower than usual over the long Easter weekend, it results in many homeowners wondering how they will be able to keep themselves occupied for those few days. However, there are several DIY projects that can be tackled during this time that will not only leave your home looking spotless; its curbside appeal will also be boosted significantly.
Put that Pressure Cleaner to Good Use
Over time, a significant amount of dirt, grease, dust and grime accumulate on your home’s driveway, walkways and on exterior walls. Using a high pressure cleaner to address these areas will not only leave them sparkling clean; it will help ensure that walkways are no longer slippery as a result of moss accumulation as well.
Although many homeowners use pressure cleaners on their roofs, this is not recommended, as it can result in water getting under tiles and into the ceiling area.
If you have wooden decking anywhere on your property, chances are that it is looking a little shabby after being used so much during the summer months. Decking can be given a brand new lease on life by sanding off any old varnish or wood treatment products that may still be lingering and then reapplying fresh coats of these substances. When tackling this project, ensure that you use wood care products that have been rated for outdoor use – they may be more expensive to purchase, but they will last far longer.
One of the best and quickest ways to spruce up the outside of your home is to get stuck into the garden. Start by picking up and removing any dead branches that are on the ground and put them into your compost pile. If you are fortunate enough to have the use of a wood chipper, they can be used to make organic mulch that can be laid around your garden beds.
Trim dead head off of flowers and remove any other plants that may have died. Ensure that the lawn is neatly cut and that edges have also been attended to. If you have dogs, now will also be the time to ensure that none of their ‘evidence’ is left behind on the lawn as well – especially if you intend hosting an open house anytime soon.
Go on a De-cluttering Spree
Most people have a fair amount of items that they know they will never use again or that they simply don’t want any longer. If this is the case in your house, using the long Easter weekend to de-clutter everything that you no longer want will help your home feel a lot less crowded. Once all unwanted items have been removed, you will also be able to store everything else far more efficiently.
When engaging in DIY projects, it is essential that you not take on tasks that you aren’t comfortable with. For example, if you are afraid of heights, do not engage in DIY projects that will involve the use of ladders. Once you have completed the above mentioned projects, you will be able to host your next open house with pride.