Spring is in the Air!

Each spring, my grandmama would quote this old poem, attributed to Ogden Nash:
“The spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdies is. Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, come out yourself and see how ‘tiz!”

When you “come out yourself” after a long winter, you may notice that the exterior of your home needs a little TLC. Here are four ways you can spruce up the outside of your home this spring:

Clean it!

Siding, windows, porches, and decks will benefit from an annual cleaning to remove spider webs, dirt, and debris. Sparkling windows bring in the daylight, and enhance your view, while cleaning the siding and trim can make it look brand new again. Cleaning your deck and porch will help you identify any areas that might need repair.

While many homeowners may choose to do this work themselves, a licensed painter or pressure wash company can tackle the job for you and give you more time to relax and enjoy the outdoors again.

Paint it!

A fresh coat of paint on your front door will do wonders for your curb appeal. Today’s trends are for softer shades of blue and tan on the siding, with a pop of bold color like teal or yellow for the door. The do-it-yourselfer should lightly sand the door and surrounding trim, apply a coat of quality primer, and finish with two coats of your new color.

If you notice wood rot or damage to your door, call on a professional contractor to evaluate and possibly replace the door.

Plant it!

Seasonal plants and flowers are an inexpensive way to enhance your home’s exterior. If you don’t want the hassle of dealing with flower beds, consider adding hanging baskets and large flowerpots to your porch or entry. They’re easy to maintain and can be changed out each season.

Visit your local garden center for advice on plants that will thrive in your area.

Light it up!

Now that you have a clean exterior, a new front door, and lots of beautiful plants, it’s time to put them all in the spotlight. Solar lights are a great option if you don’t want to deal with wiring. They can be placed in your planter to light up the foliage, along your driveway or sidewalk, and in your flower beds.

For a more permanent lighting solution, contact a licensed electrician.

Entryway Doors Create A First Impression

How does your home greet your guests? We install quite a few entryway doors from various door manufacturers.  We also have been called in to replace quite a few door installs that the “Big Box” stores installed improperly.  To properly retro-fit an entry door it takes a bit of time and patience, but the results are well worth it! We were very happy with the results of our latest door installation for our client Diana Glasier in Virginia Beach and were very proud of her making the front page of the paper as well! Click to see a larger copy  

 

Getting Your Money’s Worth – A Minor Bathroom Remodel in Chesapeake Virginia

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Excerpt: From the Desk of: Kris Austin, Chief Estimator for Jim Hicks Home Improvment It doesn’t matter if you are in Yorktown, Virginia Beach, or anywhere else.  If you do a little homework, you can probably save money or get a lot more for your money if you call in the real pros to give you a consultation.  Recently my dad, against my recommendations, invited a local big-box hardware store consultant into his bathroom for a free estimate to replace his fiberglass tub – after all, it WAS free and he thought maybe they would have a unique idea.  I told him to…

Lead based paint can be a really serious problem! Know your facts!

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Excerpt: Just like the title says, know your facts!  Some homes in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News and Hampton are old enough to have lead based paint.  Even if you live in Yorktown or Virginia Beach doesn’t mean you are necessarily safe either if you are considering doing some remodeling, on the interior or exterior.  Hiring the right contractor to handle this situation if you do in fact have lead based paint on or in your home is essential.  Hiring the WRONG contractor could be a nightmare, it could even hurt you or your children or result in your home being condemned….

Front Doors – A Commentary by Jim Hicks

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Excerpt: I just looked at a front door replacement project for a previous customer that we had done a window replacement job for recently.  Doors replacements are very interesting projects because they can be very simple, or they can be very complex.  It all has to do with the thickness of the wall.  We don’t get a lot of door business because a lot of it goes to the big box stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.  They have their own subcontractors with pre-negotiated prices to install doors for them.  The problem is that if they run into any situation that…