How to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Giving your home maximum curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. It can take as many hours and as much money as you’re willing to put into it. The goal is to make the best impression you can when prospects pull up to the curb and see your place for the first time.
Some Tips for Enhancing Curb Appeal and Home Value
Here are some ways to dress up your home and add to its value:
Give it a bath
Spiders love eaves and other nooks and crannies, so brush away the cobwebs before you do anything else. Then take soap, water and a brush to your home’s exterior. It could up the sales price by as much as $10,000-15,000. If a brush won’t do the job, try renting a power washer. It will put you out less than $100 a day.
Remember your windows. It might have been months or even years since you last washed them, but grimy windows are a real turnoff. You’d be surprised how much better your house looks with clean windows, even from the outside.
If you don’t want to do the washing, hire a professional crew. It will cost a lot more than doing it yourself, but it won’t take as much time, and you’ll avoid some sore muscles.
Top it off
Your roof matters. If it looks bad, with damaged or missing tiles or shingles, buyers are likely to turn up their noses. Your appraisal will also take a hit. So you might as well do what has to be done now rather than pay for it later. If you’re looking for more information, read our blog titled The Roof Replacement Process Explained!
Pat Curry, former senior editor at Builder magazine, writes, “According to the ‘Remodeling Impact Report’ from the National Association of REALTORS®, the national median cost of a new asphalt shingle roof is about $7,500. And if you install a new one, you’ll get that back—plus a bit more. A new roof has an ROI of 109%.”
Alternatively, you can give your roof a good cleaning to make it look better. It’s no job for an amateur, though. You’ll need to shell out about $500 to hire a professional.
A new paint job is like fresh makeup. It brings out the best in your home’s features. If you do it yourself, you’ll spend up to $600 on paint plus the equipment to paint with. Hiring a crew is a lot faster, but now you’re talking thousands of dollars instead of hundreds.
On the other hand, new paint is a buyer pleaser, and appraisers like it, too. That is unless you decide to go hot pink or some other crazy color. Appraisers tend not to appreciate that kind of creativity.
Add a touch of color
There’s a big difference between painting your whole house hot pink and using a well-placed spot of color to spark interest. Flowers and tasteful yard art and outdoor furniture will do the trick.
You can plant blooming perennials or use pots and window boxes to gain just the right effect. Try putting a brightly colored bench or chair on the porch. It will catch a buyer’s eye and welcome them in.
Light it up
These days, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on installing outdoor lighting. The wonders of solar power make it possible to string lights or stick them in the ground and let the sun do the work.
Lining your sidewalk with lighting fixtures not only looks great but also makes your home safer. Lamps that shed light on your trees can enhance their beauty year-round
Fence it in
There’s a reason that, for some people, the American dream includes owning a home with a picket fence. It might cost a few thousand to have a fence built by a professional, but it will add value.
Existing fences need to be clean and in good shape. Make sure pickets aren’t missing or rotted and the white paint isn’t peeling. Posts leaning at odd angles also count as no-nos.
Give it a manicure
The better your yard looks, the faster your home will sell—unless, of course, your paint is peeling and your roof is falling apart. Flower beds with new mulch and well-pruned trees and bushes please the eye.
Make sure the weeds are pulled and your grass is lush and green with no bare spots. Add some pots with bright, colorful flowers. You can do it all yourself or hire a lawn service. Either way, you’ll like the result, and so will your appraiser and potential buyers.
And That’s Just a Sample
Whatever you can do to make your home look better from the curb is worth it. Even dressing up your mailbox can make a difference and doesn’t have to cost a lot. For even more detail, you can read our blog, 5 Ways to Add Value to Your Home! Remember that just about anything you choose to do to improve curb appeal will pay off in your home’s enhanced value.