Did you know that a home’s “curb appeal” —the way it looks from the street—can impact its sales price as much as the interior? In fact, notes HouseLogic, strong curb appeal “can add thousands to (your home’s) value and cut the time it takes to sell.”
If you’re planning to put your house on the market soon, HouseLogic suggests these 5 steps to spruce up your home’s exterior:
Clean the outside: Some homeowners rent power washers to clean off the outside of their homes, or even hire professionals. But such expense isn’t necessary: A bucket of soapy water and a long-handled brush will work wonders. Wash away dirt, cobwebs and other detritus that has settled on your siding—and don’t forget to include the garage door and to wash the windows, inside and out. This can pay off to the tune of an additional $10,000 to $15,000 on the price of your home, says HouseLogic,
Paint: If your home’s exterior paint is chipped in spots, touch it up. If it has deteriorated overall, consider re-painting. “Buyers will instantly notice it, and appraisers will value it,” says HouseLogic. To make the task easier, match the existing color by scraping off a piece of the paint and asking a paint store to duplicate it. Also, advises HouseLogic, “resist the urge to make a statement with color. An appraiser will mark down the value of a house that’s painted a wildly different color from its competition.”
Check the roof: A deteriorating roof can significantly impact your sales price. Check for missing, curled or faded shingles, and if the cost to repair them seems daunting, consider the fact that appraisers are likely to downgrade the value of your home by an amount equal to the cost of repair anyway. If the roof simply needs a good cleaning, hire a professional, as this is not a safe DIY project.
Tidy up the yard: Overgrown bushes, weeds, and bare landscaping will turn off buyers. Prune back bushes and shrubs, pull all weeds, address dead spots in your grass and add mulch around plants for a crisp, clean look. Additionally, planting colorful flowers in pots can greatly enhance your curb appeal.
Add color: A little color goes a long way to catching a buyer’s eye. You can accomplish this by planting bright flowers near the front of your home or pansies around your mailbox. You might also place a brightly colored Adirondack chair on the front porch. “Get a little daring and paint the front door red or blue,” says HouseLogic. “These colorful touches won’t add to the value of your house…But beautiful colors enhance curb appeal and help your house to sell faster.”