St. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and will arrive this Sunday, February 14, 2016.
If you’ve waited until now to decide how you are going to express your love to your significant other, you may have already waited too long.
However, your house doesn’t care about silly things like receiving cards, flowers, and chocolates on Hallmark’s favorite holiday.
Here are a few things you can do to show your home some extra love this week, this month, or just sometime this year.
1. Pressure wash and Paint. Nothing says “I love you” like giving your home a fresh bath and dressing it up with some makeup.
|See what a difference pressure washing your home can make on its appearance.|
Rent a pressure washer from the local hardware store or hire a professional to make your dingy home sparkle.
2. Hire a professional cleaning service. Sure, you clean your home constantly.
You mop and vacuum the floors, wipe down the counters, and dust off the fans at least once a week.
But when was the last time you gave your home a long, deep scrub?
It’s kind of like when your spouse gives you a massage vs. receiving a professional, deep tissue massage.
Your spouse hits the surface areas, but the professional reaches every nook, cranny, and crevice.
3. Decorate with new furniture. You don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune on new furniture to change the look of a room.
|Give a room a vintage look with a dresser like this one painted “Chesapeake Blue.”|
Add an accent chair to a barren corner of your family room. Or pick up an antique dresser at a garage sale or second-hand shop.
Furniture doesn’t necessarily need to be new, just “new to you,” to compliment and complete a room that was just missing a final piece.
4. Build a hardscape. Outdoor living space is just as important as indoor living space for many homeowners in the Carolinas.
Build a new cobblestone patio or upgrade your existing one. Fire pits and outdoor fireplaces remain very popular among homeowners.
|Can you see how this will improve your life?|
Even a well-positioned bird bath or koi pond can make a huge difference in the appearance of — and the enjoyment you receive from — your backyard.
5. Update your kitchen and / or master bath. There are two reasons to update these two important rooms.
First, you’ll get enjoyment out of having a kitchen and master bathroom you can be proud of.
Secondly, these are the two rooms with the most impact on resale home prices in your entire house.
|What can tile and marble do for you? Even granite is
considered standard counter top material these days.
Today’s buyers want to move into new or “like new” homes, and studies show these two rooms have more impact on your home’s value than any other room in the house.
Just don’t expect to get an immediate dollar-for-dollar return on your upgrades as these are also two of the costliest rooms to improve.
Give me a call if you ever need a reference for a great contractor in your area or for more ideas on how to show your home some Valentine’s Day love.
His hobbies include fishing, playing golf, watching football, and exploring the Carolinas.
Jimmy is a licensed Realtor® with Allen Tate Company in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Grappone is a member of a nationwide and international referral network of the world’s best real estate agents, “Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.”
He is passionate about “Making Home Happen!”