Today’s post is in partnership with Clopay; all image courtesy of of Clopay. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Thinking about the value of your home, whether you are planning to sell or just want to be proactive about keeping up the condition of your home, can be sort of overwhelming.  There are often many things that could possibly be done to help raise the value of your home but what do you spend your hard earned dollars on that will bring the greatest return?  The answer is- work on your curb appeal, specifically garage doors!

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I like to keep up my knowledge of remodeling, by reading what is important now in home renovations.  I read a report by Clopay, about curb appeal most recently.  They partnered with an independent research firm, to conduct a nationwide survey  as a response to the Hanley Wood Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com), since Remodeling magazine has been doing their study for three decades and the results have always been different, they wanted to get a second opinion.

According to the Clopay report, Realtors estimate that upgrading a garage door can increase the perceived selling price of a home by up to 4%, depending on the style (I bolded that to draw attention to the fact that the look and style of the garage door matters).

The Cost vs. Value Report says the approximate $3,470 cost for an upscale garage door replacement delivered an estimated $3,411 when the house sold. That’s a 98.3 percent ROI on average, nationwide.  Read more about the report here for more about how updating a garage door really does impact resale value.  Garage door replacement ranks No. 1 in costs vs value and nearly pays for itself!  In fact an upscale garage door replacement may actually recoup more than 100% of it’s cost.   © 2018 Hanley Wood, LLC. Complete data from the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com

If you aren’t sure, just know that while this is the first time garage door replacement has ranked number 1, it has been consistently in the Top 5 for many years!  So this is a great place to start.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the report for some AMAZING before and afters!

Considering that many of us live in houses that heavily feature the garage door as a main focal point and most often the garage door that exists with the house is less than stellar, this investment into your home can have great results! We’ve shared several virtual curb appeal makeovers focusing on garage-heavy homes here previously, and these additional real-life examples show how upgrading a basic garage door to an upscale garage door really enhances the curb appeal of a home, which in turn adds value to your home.

For example, this house is stunning to begin with, but updating the garage doors made the garage an asset to the look of the home!

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We often hear from readers who want to update the curb appeal of their brick homes, without painting the brick — just look at how the new garage door improved the curb appeal of this home!
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Here’s another home, that was beautiful to begin with — but the garage door upgrade completely changes the exterior by matching the color of the siding and making the garage door an architectural feature instead of just a necessary element. Increase Home Value By Adding Curb Appeal Upgrade Garage Door #remodelaholic
Even with a unique mid-century exterior, an updated garage door really adds to the visual appeal — which in turn impacts resale value with a high ROI! Upgrade Garage Door, Mid Century Curb Appeal To Add Home Value #remodelaholic
Your home doesn’t have to be grandiose to benefit from a garage door curb appeal update. This little detached garage had seen better days, but a fresh coat of paint and a pergola-style awning combined with a beautiful new garage door made this exterior shine again! Curb Appeal Updates That Increase Home Value #remodelaholic
As part of an exterior update, upgrading the garage door really can’t be skipped for maximum effect — the new fence and landscaping here are beautiful, but the new garage door enhances the updates and really makes the home a head-turning property. Add Value To Your Home By Increasing Curb Appeal #remodelaholic
So, when you’re looking at curb appeal updates to add value to your home, take a good look at your garage door, and be sure to check out Clopay to find out the best options for updating the curb appeal of your home while adding resale value. 
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This post about The Easy Guide to Trimming and Edging Your Yard Like a Pro –  is made in partnership with STIHL.  All opinions (and yard work) are my own.

I have a confession to make.  I really don’t like working out at a gym….  I like the weight machines, but I don’t love the atmosphere.  Getting on a treadmill or such for 30 minutes feels worse than pulling teeth: you see no results at the end, and you’ve been working hard for 30 minutes… So, I’ve decided that I am taking over the lawn care this summer as a treadmill alternative!  We have about an acre of grass to mow, and if I separate it into zones I can get 3 -30 to 45 minute plus workouts a week JUST mowing (not using the auto drive on the mower btw).   I am really enjoying it so far. 

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Benefits of doing the lawn care myself:

  1. I am outside, enjoying the weather, possibly getting some added vitamin D!  (I can dream about someday having a beautiful tan, but alas, my melanin is on a permanent vacation.)
  2. I get to see some immediate results when I am done.  This really helps with my desire to get things done that matter.  I have huge to-do lists, and not having tangible results after a workout usually makes me feel less motivated to try it again.  Doing the lawn care gives me immediate tangible results – and a good workout!
  3. I finally have some time to “read” or just get thinking.  I’ve been listening to an uplifting, motivational, or thought provoking audiobook or podcast.  It is helping me to be more motivated throughout the week to push myself.  Also, I have two adorable little talkers at my house, and it is nice to have some time to think a full complete thought without being interrupted.
  4. I don’t have to pay someone… technically, I am taking time away from working to do this, so in actuality I may be losing money, but it is filling needs that I have for physical work and a break from the day job.

I will admit: the most I’ve ever really done is mow. But if I am taking over the lawn care for real, then I also need to take care of the trimming, edging and cleanup after.  This is the difference between an okay job mowing and a clean beautiful yard that truly looks manicured.  So I asked my hubby to help tutor me in the ways of lawn care.  He had a lawn care business in college and worked for a service through high school, so he’s got skills!

The best part is that today we are going to teach you how to trim and edge your lawn like a pro.  It’s really rewarding to step back and see your yard with a new clean cut. 

4-Step Lawn Care Routine for a Professional Result

So when trying to get a professional-looking mow there are four general steps:

  1. Edge along the concrete, brick surfaces, where the grass would start to creep over horizontally or garden bed and tree ring edges.
  2. Mow and bag the grass.
  3. Trim the extra tall grass along the edges of things, that the mower couldn’t get.
  4. Blow off any loose dirt or grass clippings back onto the grass, from the mower, trimmer and edger.

I think that trimming and edging especially are two of the best ways to really make your lawn look awesome.  If you only mow there is a very noticeable difference in the look. It just looks unfinished.  So today we are giving you the tips and tools to make your lawn look top-notch all summer (and spring and fall). 

Here is a list of tools that we will be using today — you can find your local Stihl dealer here.

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Edging Your Yard Like a Pro

We did get one gas powered tool, the edger, and boy is it fabulous, but I have to admit the ease of the battery powered tools with the STIHL Lightning Battery System® has me so happy!  Before, I would always need to ask Justin to help me get the tools started, but now it is just plain easy!  And I don’t need any help to get things started, or know what I am doing (this problem may have been more of a willful ignorance: “If I don’t know how to start it I can’t be expected to do it!” But now that I want to actually do the work I am more invested in learning how to do it and actually excited about the work!)

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So let’s begin with some tips, shall we?

9 Trimming Tips for Manicured Lawn

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Trimming gives your lawn a nice clean look, like just after getting a new haircut.  Think of mowing the yard without trimming as a mullet…  but it is 2018 and the 80’s called and they want their hairstyles back… so give that lawn a trim! 

Tip #1: Wear safety glasses.

Always wear safety glasses when trimming.  A friend used my trimmer once and I told him to be sure to wear safety glasses.  He said “I’m fine! I don’t need safety glasses. I will be okay.” When he returned the trimmer he said, “I should have worn the safety glasses because a rock flew up and hit me in the eye.”  Just protect your eyes and wear the glasses.  You will thank me later.

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Tip #2: Mow the lawn first.

When trimming and edging your yard, I like to do it after I have mowed the lawn first.  The lawn mower will get the bulk of the grass, and also give you a reference point for the height the grass should be cut to.  However, there are areas the mower can’t get like the trimmer can, such as under shrubs, around play equipment or trees, and up against the fence or walls. 

Tip #3: Hold the trimmer level with the grass.

I am right-handed so I hold the trimmer trigger with my right hand and tend to walk to the right as I trim around the yard.  Hold the trimmer level to the grass so you won’t cut too deeply into the grass and create low spots.  This is where mowing first comes in really handy because you can level your trimmer with the cut grass.  This will also help to avoid over cutting the grass and creating dried up dead spots on the edges.

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Tip #4: Trim the grass so it discharges cut grass back onto the grass.

Save yourself some clean-up time and try to keep the grass clippings from creating a bigger mess to clean up later.  Trim the grass in a way that the clippings end up back on the grass.  This will mostly matter when you are trimming around hardscape, but just configure the guard cover to point onto the grass. 

Tip #5: Work slow and steady.

Especially around trees and plants, keep your work slow and steady for an even result and for the safety of the rest of your landscaping.  Don’t cut into the bark of plants or trees, as this may introduce disease or bugs into the tree and can ultimately kill or weaken your trees.  It’s best to create a tree ring of mulch at least 12-15″ away from the tree bark to protect the trees.

Tip #6: Tap the trimmer on the ground to extend the nylon string.

Depending on your type of trimmer, you can just tap it on the ground to extend the feed when it gets too short.

Tip #7: Plan your way around the yard.

To help save time and make sure all the edges get trimmed, I start trimming where I want to end up, so I end up where I started.  Start trimming like you are tracing the outline around the lawn.  If you pass a tree or island/planter bed that needs trimming, walk over to it and trim around that, then walk back to where you left off at the edge. By doing this you are more efficient with your time and able to get things done a lot faster. This method will also help ensure you don’t miss any spots.  So when we trim our yard, we start in the front yard, go around the house, through the gate to the back yard, finish the backyard, then come back through the same gate into the front yard to finish the front yard.

Tip #8: Trim the cracks that are full of weeds or unwanted grass.

In between the concrete cracks, you might get weeds growing through the cracks.  Just trim them out at a slight angle as close to the concrete as possible.  After the trimming you can pour straight (and super cheap) vinegar as a weed killer to prevent them from growing back. This is an organic, cheap and easily available weed killer, and you can even have the kids help with this part if you want.

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Tip #9: Keep a safe distance

Be sure to keep your feet and hands away from the string at all times.  Keep a safe distance away from other people at about 50’ or more. Be really careful around windows and vehicles.

 

10 Tips and Uses for your Edger While Edging Your Yard

After first mowing, and then trimming now it is time to edge with an edger.  An edger is more for cutting the grass vertically along the edges of the patios, paths, curbs, sidewalks or driveways.  This part of lawn care really make a difference in the final look of the cut grass. This is something that you can do every other week if you wanted to save a little time.  If you don’t do it at all, the grass ends up growing out and over the hard surfaces and can be harder to find the edge in the future.  In fact sometimes the grass will begin to grow on the hard surfaces and debris builds up on edges creates a solid bed on the concrete.

Tip #1: Wear safety glasses while edging your yard.

Always wear safety glasses.  The edger will spin the blade at a really fast rate.  This kicks up a lot of dirt and rocks. There is a guard, but still, I would rather be safe than sorry!

Tip #2: Align the edger next to the hard surface.

Align the cutting blade of the edger with the edge of the grass.  Pull the trigger and the blade will start spinning. Start with the blade spinning in the grass at the edge of the concrete or hard surface.  You will feel the blade cutting through the dirt. As it’s spinning, you can let it hit the edge of the hard surface you are edging against.  Adjust the trimmer up or down depending on how deep you want to to edge. Typically I edge about ½” to an 1” deep. Stand on the left and start walking forward along the edge.  Remember, that after time the edger blade will need to be replaced from wear. You might be able to use one blade all season depending on how often you edge and the size of your yard. 

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Tip #3: Move the edger back and forth.

As you edge, move the edger back and forth to get a nice clean cut.  Especially if it’s the first time edging your yard or at the beginning of the season, be aware that your first edging of the season may require a bit more cleanup then you will usually have.  It is best to take care of this early in the season, and then upkeep on the edges will become easier and easier as the season progresses. 

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Tip #4: Edge often.

The more often you edge the lawn, the easier it is to do and the faster the job goes.  Most of the time you can edge every other time you mow, but if you are consistent in edging your yard, you can avoid having to “start over” with a prolific edge of grass.

Tip #5: Adjust the depth of the cut

Cut down at least ½” past the edge of the surface you are trimming.  Depending on your type of edger, you can adjust the depth of the cut before edging your yard.  As you use the edger the blade will get worn and get smaller, so you will have to adjust the depth.

Tip #6: Edge first.

This may actually sound like we are going against everything we’ve talked about, but edging your yard BEFORE mowing may actually save you some time.  By edging your yard first, you will be able to use the mower to help clean up the cut grass and extra dirt.  It will make the end cleanup a breeze!

Tip #7: Edge around trees to create tree rings.

If you don’t have tree rings, you can easily create one with an edger.  Just draw a ring around the tree at least 12” from the tree trunk with landscape paint (optional) then use an edger to cut along the line.  Dig out all the grass in the ring and fill it with mulch. This will keep your tree a safe distance from the trimmer or edger and prevent any damage to the tree bark.

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Tip #8: Edge around planter beds.

When edging your yard, use an edger to define the planter bed edge from the grass.  You do not need to install a hardscape edging system to keep your beds looking beautiful.  Remove any unwanted grass and keep edging your yard each week to keep it nice and clean.

Tip #9: Use the proper fuel to oil ratio.

This is especially important to extend the life of your gas-powered engines. Fill the tank with the proper fuel.  This Stihl model that we are using uses a gas oil mix of 50:1. We purchased the fuel at the hardware store because it has the proper mixture and a long shelf life.  Also, be aware that gas you buy at the gas station contains ethanol that will junk up your equipment; the proper fuel mixtures at the hardware store are ethanol free.  You will have fewer maintenance issues down the road if you use the right fuel every time.

Tip #10: Blow off the dirt and grass clippings.

Now that everything is done, all you have to do is blow all the dirt and grass clippings back onto the lawn and you done.  Be careful to specifically clean off that brand new edge.  If you blow things into the edges of the grass that sit against hard surfaces, that is where you will get the build up of soil and debris that allows the grass to grow onto the surface!

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Now you can enjoy the beautiful clean look of your yard.

By the way, the blower is a totally awesome alternative to palm leaves for being fanned when you are done!

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What tools do you like to use for your lawn care? Click here to find your local Stihl dealer. 

So let’s check out a before and after shall we?

A well-tended manicured lawn care routine goes beyond just mowing. Learn to trim and edge your yard like a pro with a 4-step lawn maintenance plan and our best tips for a beautiful lawn. #remodelaholic

I’d like to thank Stihl for not only partnering with me on this post but for being part of my family since I was a child!  We truly love this company!  My dad was a chainsaw woodcarver growing up… and just check out this family picture all donning our orange Stihl shirts…(I’m the youngest on the end!!)

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We’re back with a new edition of “Get This Look”. Today we’re showing you how to design your own organized home office like this one from Better Homes and Gardens.

Decorate a charming and functional organized home office with these tips and furniture picks. #remodelaholic #getthislook

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An important thing to remember about an organized home office is that you don’t need a designated room in order to create a charming, functional space. While it’s certainly nice to have, a separate room dedicated to a home office space is not a luxury all of us can afford.

The key to making an organized home office work in a shared area like a living room, dining room, bedroom, or landing is to choose a cohesive color palette and select office furniture and accessories that compliment the other elements in the room.

Ready to find out how to design your own organized home office oasis? Read on for our seven tips and recommended products to create the workspace of your dreams.

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How to Design a Charming Organized Home Office

1. Establish a color palette based on the room’s window treatments

The teal, yellow, green, light blue, and white found in the room’s window treatments serve as a color palette for the other home office design elements. From the storage boxes to the fresh vase of flowers, the cohesive color palette helps the setup feel put together and intentional. Add the fresh white furniture and lighting options and charming doesn’t even begin to describe this office space.

2. Hang a simple, contemporary overhead light

A bright desk lamp and good overhead lighting are both essential to a functional workspace. When selecting an overhead light fixture, we recommend choosing something simple and contemporary. Not only will this option provide you with good working light, it will also blend well with any style.

3. Add DIY shelving for extra storage and organization

Wall shelving easily adds needed storage to tight spaces. Shelf styles abound as do DIY shelving tutorials. To simplify the process for you, below we’ve rounded up six of our favorite DIY shelves featured on Remodelaholic. Get your DIY on and start transforming your home office!

Easy DIY shelving ideas to add wall storage to a home office, bedroom, kitchen, or living room. #remodelaholic

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1. DIY Wall Shelf
2. DIY Floating Rope Shelf
3. DIY Wall Cubby Shelf
4. Build a Budget-Friendly Industrial Shelf Using PVC Pipe 
5. Easy Rustic Wall Shelves
6. DIY Rustic Farmhouse Shelves

4. Create a design board for inspiration

We love the idea of hanging a pin board or bulletin board to display your favorite design inspiration. Not only does it help spark your creativity but it also provides a functional place to store cards, correspondence, and receipts. Pretty and functional? That’s exactly the goal you want to achieve when designing a home office.

5. Select a desk with storage and add fun desk accessories

Desk accessories like pencil cupsstaplers,and file folders are super fun to buy and an easy way to change up the look and feel of your home office. And let’s not forget the importance of adding the right desk to anchor the room and give you adequate space to get your work done. Below, check out five of our favorite DIY desks featured on Remodelaholic. Which DIY desk style is your favorite?

DIY desk ideas -- from single modern desks to a double farmhouse desk for two computers, you can build a desk to fit your home office needs perfectly. #remodelaholic

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1. Computer Desk Reveal
2. IKEA Hack: DIY Live Edge Desk with Trestle Legs
3. Simple DIY Wall Desk
4. The Lindsay Desk
5. Pottery Barn Inspired Desk Makeover

6. Choose a neutral, comfortable desk chair

Choosing a neutral desk chair ensures that you have a comfortable place to sit and work. Plus, a neutral-colored chair blends in well with the other furniture in the room. This is especially important if your workspace doubles as your living room or bedroom. A comfortable desk chair is key to a functional workspace!

7. Add a table lamp or desk lamp to complete the office space

When creating a home office you can’t have enough lighting. If you’re working in the same space for hours on end, you need to be able to adapt to the outside light as the day goes on. Don’t rely simply on an overhead light to get the job done. Invest in a bright table lamp or desk lamp to give you the light you need to type, draw, craft, or read at your desk. Now you’re ready to start creating!

Below, we’ve rounded up everything you need to create your own cozy home office. Simply click any of the images below to learn more about each item. You may have to double-tap on mobile.

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See more home office decorating ideas here:

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chic modern colorful home officeCreate a chic and colorful home office with these decorating tips, inspiration, and furniture and decor selections. Pin Image

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