For those homeowners who may have put their home on the market, or who are considering selling their home, improving curb appeal is a fundamental part of attracting buyers. There are 5 projects that should be addressed that will enhance any home’s overall appeal. These projects can be completed quickly and without breaking the bank.
Improving the existing landscape will give the home a general sense of being well cared for. Without spending any significant amount of money homeowners can improve the look of the grounds, especially in areas where prospective buyers are first introduced to the property.
Painting or Staining
Peeling, chipped, and faded paint on the exterior of any home does not make a good first impression. Even by touching up problem areas, painting will do wonders in regards to improving a home’s curb appeal. While completely repainting any home can be an expensive process, simply taking care of the obvious trouble spots can be completed for a minimal investment.
Front Door and Entryway
One of the first things a potential buyer will focus on is the front door. This is simply a natural reaction. For this reason, the front door and entryway should be clean and free from any visible damage or wear and tear. In many cases, this may involve replacing the front door entirely.
Replacing the front door should be handled by a professional contractor. Although this may be an expense, it will be well worth it in the long run. Homeowners should select a door that is fitting with the style of the home, and is substantial enough to be appealing when showing the house to buyers.
Homeowners should take the time to make certain all exterior lighting is working properly and has no visible damage. Although homes are not generally shown in the evening, it pays to be prepared. Close attention should be paid to lights installed near the front door, and lights used to illuminate walkways. If lights need to be replaced, they should be replaced with the same design and style as any existing fixtures.
Trim and Gutters
Both trim and gutters can suffer from a great deal of wear and tear. Gutters and down spouts should be cleaned and replaced where necessary. Corner trim and trim around windows and doors should also be examined. Rotted, split, or damaged trim should be replaced prior to any painting project that might be scheduled.
Addressing these 5 core issues will have a dramatic impact on any home’s curb appeal. What little money is spent will certainly be recovered quickly.
Natalie Truslow has over 10 years experience in both interior and exterior home design. To learn more about how something as simple as solid wood entry doors can raise the value of your home, please visit doors4home.com.