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Part of de-trashing the trailerhood is focusing on keeping the exterior looking good. Let's face it, whether it's a stick built home, brick house, or mansion; peeling paint, destroyed furniture, and garbage never look good. At all.
So keep it clean. That means more then just putting the trash in the can, though that is certainly a great step.
Here's what my front porch looks like all kinds of naked:
A few things that I need to do out here:
- sweep off the carpeted part of the porch (though that carpet needs to be replaced badly)
- wash off the patio furniture
- get the cobwebs out from around the door and by the rafters
- clean the deck
- scrap the peeling paint and repair (a Realtor told me that peeling paint ANYWHERE hinders your appraisal value)
Check out how dirty this is. Gross.
I just used soap and an old rag to scrub down the porch prior to painting, since paint and dirt never stick well together. Here's an example of where the porch is peeling paint:
I have had this same gallon of exterior white paint since the first year I lived in this house. It cost me $15.00 and I use a little bit of it every year repairing the damage from the winter season. I can't stress how important it is to do this type of maintenance every year. It adds value to the property of course, but it also makes you feel more invested.
It rained when I was trying to do my "after" pictures. I'm talking rolling thunder that shook the house rain (thankfully my paint was totally dry) so I'll be back soon with those also! But it is looking way better then it was!
Feel free to comment with any other tips and tricks you may have for de-trashing a trailerhood!
Oh, and just a side note update. The reason that this post was so late was because I lost out on another teaching job and was super duper sad about it. (I'm talking 6 pack and cookies while watching movies sad.) I've interviewed for three different teaching positions and haven't gotten any of them. :( The secondary English market is pretty competitive where I am at, so I appreciate any prayers, finger crossing, rain dancing, etc. that something might open up for me here soon. It also means I may not get to have an office because subbing isn't enough to live on.