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 freak out and exclaim, “I can’t afford to replace my windows and siding.” Oftentimes improving curb appeal can mean just doing a few small projects that can have a large impact. Many don’t cost a lot of money.
Here are their tips.
- 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.
- Replace 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 your house. Before you hire a professional for this service, check out the Windex Outdoor Multisurface Cleaner, which attaches 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. “You can often find smaller plants on sale at hardware stores, flower markets, or gardening and home improvement stores,” suggests. Another alternative—small succulents planted together in larger containers.
- Paint your front door. Be sure that it is clean, or even add a fresh coat of paint or new stain.
- 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. 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.