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Looking to spice up your curb appeal? Try any of these 25 ideas…

  1. Mow the lawn.
  2. Plant seasonal flowers.
  3. Trim your bushes and trees.
  4. Put down a stone walkway.
  5. Put up a white fence.
  6. Plant flowers along the sign of your house.
  7. Paint your home.
  8. Paint the front door a funky color.
  9. Plant flowers around your mailbox.
  10. Put out a wreath.
  11. Put out a welcome mat.
  12. Clean up your kid’s toys.
  13. Scoop up any pet waste.
  14. Power wash your house.
  15. Fix the cracks in your driveway.
  16. Paint your garage door.
  17. Line your walkway with lights.
  18. Don’t leave any junk lying around.
  19. Put potted plants out on the porch.
  20. Clean your gutters.
  21. Paint your shutters a different color.
  22. Use decorative numbers for your address.
  23. Add a bird bath or other focal point to your garden.
  24. Put some lawn furniture out on your porch.
  25. Repaint your siding.

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Ever wonder where all your money goes? Turns out, a lot of it gets wasted before you even leave your house.

So where is all this money getting wasted and more importantly, how do you stop it?

Throwing away food

According to Reuters, the average American throws away half of their food. For a family of four, this adds up to $1,365 to $2,275 wasted each year! To avoid this, plan your meals for the week. Only buy the items you’ll need for that week and what you can reasonably eat. Yes, yogurt may be on sale 10/$10, but if you can’t eat 10 yogurts before they go bad, you’re still wasting money. Wasting less food isn’t a hard thing to do, but it does require some pre-planning.

Forgetting to unplug

How many items in your home stay continuously plugged in? The lamps? The phone charger? The computer? All of these items are sapping energy out of the plug in even when they’re off. It’s a small amount, but when you think of how many items you keep plugged in all the time, it really adds up!

Not reusing things

There are hundreds of ways you can reuse items around your house to save money. Use grocery store bags as trash bags. Reuse plastic baggies. Reuse jars and containers. Every little bit help saves you money!

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At Dirty Work, we’re passionate about junk and recycling. That’s why we love “upcycling” so much – it combines our two favorite things!

We’ve been searching the web, especially Pinterest, for awesome junk décor ideas and we’ve found tons. It was hard to narrow them down to just our five favorites, but we did it!

In no particular order, our five favorite junk décor ideas are…

Newspaper Table newspapertable

Did you know that 31% of all the trash in landfills is paper?!?  That’s why we love this idea. It’s a great way to save some paper from the landfill and create some unique home décor.

beerbottle2Beer Bottle Jewelry Holder

This is a great DIY home organization project. All you’ll need is an old wooden box (you could also use an old dress drawer), a couple of beer bottles, some rope and glue!

Drawer Night Standsdrawertable

If you have an old dresser you’re getting rid of, you might want to hold onto the drawers. You can reuse them in some awesome ways. Turns out old dresser drawers can make really awesome and cheap night stands!

DIY2Key Holding Frame

Can’t find your car keys? Have an old frame you want to get rid of? Pop out the glass, add some hooks and use it to hold your car keys. This is perhaps the most practical junk décor project we’ve seen.

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Tires are one of the most frequently illegally dumped items. Because of this, you’ll probably be able to find some old tires on the side of the road to use for this craft. Other than a tire, all you’ll need is a couple of pieces of wood to use as legs and a piece of round glass, both of which can be found at your local arts and crafts store, to make this awesome table.
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A properly landscaped front yard adds value to your home. In fact according to Smart Money magazine, if you spend 5% of your home Wiki Commons 3 price on landscaping, you might see as much as a 15% increase in the value of your home!

While this makes landscaping the home renovation most likely to bring a good return on investment, 5% of your home price is still quite of money. For a $200,000 home, which is close to the median Austin home price, this is $10,000!

Fortunately, you can save some money with DIY landscaping. If you’re considering going the DIY route, here are a few tips to follow:

Tip #1 – Invest in good soil.

If you want a beautiful landscape, you can’t skimp on the soil. Trees and flowers can’t flourish in clay or otherwise poor soil.

Tip #2 – Use contrast.Wiki Commons 2

Beautiful gardens take advantage of contrast. One way to do this is to place the majority of tall flowers in the back and then place a few in the center to create visual appeal. A second way to do this is to pick flower colors that contrast with each other.

Tip #3 – Cater to the plant’s needs.

DIY landscapers often neglect to pay attention to their plants’ needs. For example, some plants flourish better in full sun while others need shade. Some plants need quite a bit of water while others don’t. Make sure to ask how to properly care for the plants before you buy them.

Tip #4 – Know how to trim.

If you plan on planting trees and bushes, make sure you’ll either be able to prune them yourself or you are willing to hire an Austin tree trimming company to do it for you. An improperly cut tree or brush is visually unappealing.

Tip #5 – Keep lawn ornaments minimal.Wiki Commons 5

If you would like to include lawn ornaments as part of your landscaping, make the ornament a focal piece. Bird baths make great focal points. And as with all focal points, lawn ornaments should be used sparingly.

These are some great tips for getting started on landscaping your own garden, but if you don’t have the time to mess with landscaping, consider calling Dirty Work.

As an Austin junk removal company, we can assure you that when it comes to getting a good price for your home, few things matter as much as “curb appeal.” Simply put, curb appeal is exactly what it sounds like – how good your home looks from the outside or curb – and taking a few simple steps can dramatically increase your appeal, leading to a better selling price for your home.

If you would like to increase your home appeal, consider:

#1 – Fixing up your yard.

house 3Make sure your entire yard looks neat and tidy. Mowing the lawn, trimming the shrubbery and bushes and planting flowers can all dramatically add to your curb appeal.

# 2 – Painting the house, front door and garage.

If your home needs a new coat of paint, now is the time to do it. Repainting the entire house is one of the more drastic steps you can take to improve your home appeal, but many homeowners find it worth it.

If your home doesn’t need completely repainted, you could still consider painting your front door to freshen up the way your home looks from the street. Consider painting the door a funky color to add personality and flare to your house. A popular trend right now is red front doors.

Also, when deciding what to repaint, don’t overlook your garage. It may just need a fresh coat of paint too.

#3 – Replacing your wreath and door mat.

front doorIf your wreath or door mat are worn or outdated, consider replacing them. The front door is the focal point of your home and thus you need to ensure that it represents your home well.

#4 – Fixing broken windows.

Broken windows give the impression that your home has not been taken care of properly. Remember, the broken windows theory of the 1980’s? Therefore, it is important to make sure to fix all broken windows before showing the house to potential buyers.

#5 – Cleaning the gutters.

Like broken windows, rusty, poorly-painted or dirty gutters are signs of a home that may not have been properly taken care of. If you gutters need replaced, replace them. If they need cleaned out, either do it yourself or call an Austin gutter cleaning company for assistance.

#6 – Removing any junk.

When it comes to increasing your curb appeal, many realtors recommend, albeit slightly ironically, that you remove all signs that your home is actually lived in. This means cleaning up all children’s toys, removing all dog waste, etc. as well as making sure that your outdoor furniture is nice. If your outdoor furniture looks worn, move it to the garage or backyard.

If you have piles of debris lying around or if you need someone to removal all the waste from the yard work you’ve been doing, you may need the services of a professional Austin junk removal company.

#7 – Dressing up your mailbox.House 1

When it comes to curb appeal, many people over look their mailbox. Make sure the mailbox and its street numbers are well painted. You may also want to consider planting flowers around the base of your mailbox.

#8 – Adding lighting.

Well-light yards look better from the street. They convey a sense of warmth and safety. So you might want to consider installing lights throughout your garden or along your walkway so that everyone can see your awesome yard at night too!

#9 – Paying attention to the side of the house. 

When it comes to increasing their curb appeal, people frequently overlook the side of their home as well, but since the side of the home can still be seen from the street, it is still very important. Consider planting flowers on the side of your home to increase your curb appeal. The side of a home is a great place to add an extra flower garden.

house 2#10 – Fixing up the driveway.

The average homeowner doesn’t really maintenance their driveway. For this reason, driveways are usually in need of maintenance. Kill all the weeds that have grown up through the cement and fix any cracks in the driveway. If your driveway is in really bad condition, you might want to consider repaving it completely. Fortunately, most homeowners will be able to get away with only fixing a few cracks.

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