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DIY’s to Increase Home Value: Paint

Feeling adventurous? Try some of these home improvement paint DIY’s.

by MIKE HALL, Owner/Broker/Agent

  • Re-paint your front door. Add some eye-catching color for a new updated façade.
  • Paint over old dingy tiles. You can find specific oil-paint for tiles. A simple all-white approach or black and white tile is a classic.
  • Paint outlet and light switch plates to match background color.
  • Re-paint your kitchen cabinets. This goes for bathroom cabinets as well. Buying new cabinets is expensive. If your cabinets are still a sturdy quality, just give a few coats of fresh paint. Sticking with white or light neutral colors will offer a bright, clean feel.
  • Re-paint your dated faucets. Stuck with dated gold faucets? All you need is some guard tape, a primer and oil-based paint.
  • Paint dated bathtub. Does your bathtub happen to be baby blue, or powder pink? Sand the sucker down and buy a bathtub painting kit for another oil-based paint throwdown.

Fall Garden Preparation

Prep the garden now to make this coming spring breezier.

by MIKE HALL Owner/Broker/Agent

While many people in Louisville save most of their garden work for the spring and summer, fall offers a jump on preparation. While perfect for vegetables and fruit, flower beds will reap nutritional benefits too. This fall, give your backyard some preparation, and see if you enjoy this coming spring even more!

  • Clear all plant material and debris. You don't want hiding places for pesky insects and disease.
  • Trim back and prune perennials. Remove annuals.
  • Feed your soil with compost. The soil will soak in and reap the nutritional benefits all winter long. Dig down into the earth, spreading a layer of compost and covering with the extra soil. Rake-in some of those fallen leaves as well for an extra boost.
  • Plant cover crops- think of these as food for the soil. Oat, rye and wheat grass roots will hold in some nitrogen which could be lost in rain/melted snow runoff. Perfect for any pet cats to snack on as well!
  • Cover your fully-fed soil with mulch to protect existing roots and lock in nutrients for a nice soil balance come spring.
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