Spring is almost over, and like
many other homeowners you may be looking for
simple do-it-yourself projects to spruce up your
home or to increase its value.
We've all heard the term "curb appeal." And
that's where our projects start today. Curb appeal
is another way of saying your home's "first
impression." It can affect your home's value and
One easily overlooked element can be your
driveway, sidewalks, and steps. Dirt, oil, and
grime can darken and stain your concrete, giving
it the appearance of being unkempt. This is not a
first impression that sits well with buyers. But
have no fear, there is a simple solution.
Normally, power washing your concrete is
recommended, but because of San Diego's drought,
other options are recommended.
Pour cola on the oily or dry stained areas, and
leave the cola on overnight. Squirt a generous
amount of dishwashing liquid into a bucket until
you have a good lather. Rinse with the soapy
Option 2: Sprinkle baking soda or an
absorbent powder such as cornmeal or sawdust on
the oily spots. If the stain is dry, wet it first
to make a scouring paste. Scrub with a stiff brush
or push broom.
Another great curb appeal booster is your
front door. Many homeowners make the design
mistake of picking a color that matches the house
and recedes into the background. For just a few
dollars and an hours work, you can make your front
door noticeable and more welcoming. Consider
selecting a bright or contrasting color. Red
complements green hues, and blue complements
Once you're inside the house, a quick fix can
be changing and updating light fixtures. Nothing
says dated like track lighting. Safety first,
however, so be sure to turn off the breaker before
you start working with anything electrical. Next,
take out any light bulbs in the fixture to avoid
broken glass. And finally unbolt and unscrew
plates and mounts.
Moving into the backyard we find the next
weekend project. While it may not be the huge
equity booster that many projects can be, it does
add a different kind of value to your home life.
What are we talking about? Vegetable gardens.
According to Texas A&M, "Home gardening
continues to grow in popularity. One of every
three families does some type of home gardening,
according to conservative estimates, with most
gardens located in urban areas."
It's not only popular, it can help you save
big when it comes to providing your family with
organic or fresh