It’s not only the inside that counts… You’ve already cleared out the basement, decluttered the kids’ rooms and tucked away all the artwork from the fridge. But as a seller, you want potential buyers to instantly fall in love with the outside of your house, too. Here are my top five suggestions for fast fixes to enhance the curb appeal of any home.
1. Take a look around – and up
Most new homeowners want to spend their money on furniture or kitchen appliances, not a new roof. So consider doing that before you sell. Despite the investment, a new roof adds great curbside appeal, and the best part is you can often transfer the roof’s warranty to the new homeowner.
2. Consider budget-friendly fixes
Painting old shutters, front porches, window boxes, doors and decks is really a no-brainer. To ensure your efforts aren’t in vain, prep the area properly and use the right paint products. Talk to an expert at your local paint store and transform a weary-looking exterior on an affordable budget. While you’re at it, look into having any broken glass replaced in windows, as well.
3. Go shiny & new
Hauling out the brass polish and using some elbow grease to brighten up your home’s exterior numbers, door handles and kickplates can create a big impact. If the house number is difficult to read from the street, think about replacing it. Take an honest look at your mailbox and either replace it, repair it or repaint it. Place a new mat and planter at your door, and you’ve instantly set a welcoming tone.
4. Maximize the space you have
If you’re lucky enough to have a front porch, transform it into an outdoor room. A few comfortable chairs, cushions, an outdoor rug and a side table instantly add square footage to your home. As a finishing touch, hang some drapes or blinds to create privacy.
5. Guarantee your R.O.I.
Remodeling magazine’s “2010-2011 Cost vs. Value Report” was recently released, and it stated that homeowners can expect to recoup the cost of replacing both front and garage doors. New doors and hardware can offer architectural interest and may be a big plus for buyers looking at the top of their budgets. The same goes with replacing old windows, as potential homebuyers will appreciate that they don’t have to do the work themselves, and it could be the deal maker on the sale of your home.