This month, we have a wonderful guest post from experienced blogger and home expert, Thomas Walker. Thomas will share some great ideas on how to boost your home’s curb appeal, which translates directly to more money when you sell! If you enjoy his writing, check out his website: http://homesafetyhub.org/
You’ve donated or ditched unused items, packed away personal possessions, and put your favorite frumpy furniture in storage while your house is on the market. But prospective buyers will never know the interior of your home looks like something straight out of a design magazine unless you can get them through the front door first. Fortunately, creating curb appeal will probably be easier than convincing your family to keep the house picture-perfect until it sells.
Follow along with these tips from Oak Street Group of Benchmark Realty.
Clean for Curb Appeal
After you’ve relentlessly cleaned and culled clutter inside your home, you should take the same approach outside. Do some quick research and find a website like PennyMac to find out what’s most important when it comes to curb appeal (as well as other tips for selling and keeping your home clean) then speak with your realtor and get their ideas on the best ways to spruce things up without killing your bank account. Most of the cleanup and minor repairs can be DIY projects, and if you need tips or resources you can always turn to sites like Home Life Daily. Whether you need new lawn maintenance equipment, tools for your garage, or other home-oriented advice, tap into the info on the internet.
Start out by clearing soggy leaves and twigs out of your gutters. Then, cast a critical eye toward your deck, driveway, patio, and pathways. To get rid of grime, rent, buy or borrow a power washer to give these outdoor areas a thorough wash once winter has passed for good. Then repair any damage that could have been caused by repeated freezes and thaws or other cold-weather conditions.
You should also wash dirt and debris from the house itself. For wood, vinyl, metal, stucco, brick, and fiber cement siding, all you’ll need is a bucket, some soapy water, and a soft-bristled brush with a long handle. A good scrub down will give your home an almost-instant facelift that could add as much as $10,000 to $15,000 to your sale price, according to information from HouseLogic.
Last but not least, assess whether you need to remove any trees from your yard, particularly ones that look dead or are in the process of dying. Enlist the services of a tree contractor to help you safely remove the tree or trees from your lawn before you take pictures of your property.
Making minor repairs may require more gear from the hardware store, but neglecting basic fixes can cost you as much as 10 percent in lost value. That neglect can also send prospective buyers the signal that your home isn’t well maintained overall. Real estate agents recommend straightening shutters, repairing sagging gutters, refreshing peeling paint, and taking care of other sometimes-tedious tasks before putting your home on the market.
Beyond minor matters, take a close look at your roof. Not only will a ramshackle roof turn off hopeful homeowners, it could also deter lenders. Mortgage companies may not issue loans on homes that show obvious roof damage, according to Hedrick Construction Inc. So, if you suspect there may be an issue with your roof, consider having it inspected by a reputable professional.
Give Your Landscape Some Love
Now that your home is in selling shape, treat your yard to a spring manicure by giving plant beds a neat edge, removing weeds and invasive vines, and filling beds with fresh mulch. Replace overgrown bushes with leafy plants and annuals that add instant color, and seed or sod any bare or brown spots in the lawn.
Beyond the basics, add to the outdoor aesthetics without spending a ton at the home improvement store by focusing on a few key areas. For instance, consider replacing your mailbox and adding an architecturally interesting address plaque to the front of your home.
Make your home’s entrances as inviting as possible. Replacing a garage door can cost $3,411 and installing a new steel entry door costs $1,471. Don’t let those numbers intimidate you – on average in 2018, homeowners could expect to recoup 98.3 percent of the garage door project cost and 91.1 percent of their costs for a new front door, according to a survey from Remodeling Magazine. If you don’t have the time or money to replace entries entirely, spruce them up by repainting them and adding new hardware. Finally, place some pots packed with colorful plants near your front door.
Once you’ve taken care of these chores, repairs, and renovations, the outside of your home will be ready for its own photo spread in a magazine. And you’ll be sure to get prospective buyers into your home.
We hope you enjoyed this Oak Street Group blog! If you have questions or you need help getting your home photo-ready, give us a shout. We have a great network of vendors we can recommend and offer complimentary consultations with a professional home designer for all of our listings! Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-484-9994.