First impressions are important, and this is no less true when selling a house. If your home doesn’t look so great on the outside that people have to stop and take a look—potential buyers may pass, and keep on driving. Exterior replacement projects offer the greatest bang for the buck. Projects such as entry door, siding, and window replacements can recoup homeowners more than 78 percent of costs upon resale.”
But don’t fret if you can’t afford to replace my windows and siding. Often just doing a few small projects that can have a large impact.
Here are some of the top curb apparel improvement tips from real estate professionals.
- Wash the windows.
- Evaluate foundation plantings, and trim back or replace as needed.
- Update the light fixture at the front door.
- Repair or install a new mailbox.
- Update or eliminate window treatments inside the house if necessary.
- Repair the front walk if it is cracked or heaved.
- Remove dead tree and shrub branches.
- Mow the lawn.
- Power wash the house. [Before hiring a professional for this service, check out widely available exterior cleaners made to attach to a garden hose.]
- Clean the entryway, front lights, and walkway of cobwebs, tree debris, dust, dirt, etc.
- Add colorful, potted plants along your walkway or entryway.
- Be sure the front door is clean, or give it a fresh coat of paint.
- Clean and sweep the driveway.
- Store all yard equipment, including children’s toys.
- Find somewhere else to park any extra cars, boats, trailers, or RVs.
- Do not use the porch for storage.
- Clean up after your pets.
- Store garbage cans where they are not visible from the street.
Curb appeal is the difference that sells nearly half of all houses on the market, so says the National Association of Realtors. If you’re getting ready to sell yours, investing some time and a little bit of money in improving your home’s curb appeal seems like a no-brainer.
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