Three things even non-DIYers can do to fix the uglies
By Bob Wilkes, Chief Engineer, Mechanical Systems
Keeping the exterior of your home in great condition does more than improve its appearance. As engineer and entrepreneur Bob Wilkes explains, it also can help prevent safety hazards and expensive repairs. Thankfully, there are simple repairs that anyone can do to save money and upgrade your home’s curb appeal.
- Paint your home’s trim with a light color. “A fresh coat of paint is relatively inexpensive and is one of the fastest ways to increase its curb appeal. But the sun fades paint colors. You don’t want to have to repaint every year to keep your exterior looking fresh. Light colors don’t show the fading as much. To safely dispose of paint cans, you need to let them dry out. Mixing the remaining paint with cat litter will make it solidify quicker. And if you’re not handy, consider removing old wooden shutters entirely. If they are not in good shape, they detract from your home’s appearance.”
- Replace rotted expansion joints. “Once those wooden expansion joints rot away, you’ve actually got three problems,” Wilkes explains. “You need to manage the weeds, and you don’t want to use chemical because they can wash into the storm drains and into local ponds. Those empty spaces between concrete slabs are also tripping hazards, especially for scooters and skateboards as well as women wearing high heels. And without a barrier, rainwater or pressure washing can flow beneath the concrete slab, eroding the soil. Then when you park your car in your driveway, the unsupported concrete may crack, shift and/or lift. We’re talking about a very expensive repair!”