8 Tips For Adding Curb Appeal And Value To Your Home
8 Tips For Adding Curb Appeal And Value To Your Home
Hi, what I am about to ask seems like a simple question but yet most homeowners do not seem to be aware of it. When you have a visitor, guest or even someone who may be buyer , what is the first thing they see? Of course the front of your house, what is called curb appeal. Most clients that I visit there house he first time is immaculate on the inside. Everything clean and organized but yet the front of the house is not in keeping with the inside. Even the back yard gets a better shake from owners then the from of the house. Yes of course I am not talking about your house.
Most work you do on the looks of the front of the house could return 3X, 5X or 10X the money you spend when you go to sell. A house with a good and tasteful paint job (crazy off the wall paint schemes do not sell well) can increase the sales price by $25,000 or more and could cost $5,000 or less. Colorful plants, nice trimmed trees, clean windows etc etc goes Ka-Ching when selling.
My job as your Realtor is to get you the most money in the quickest amount of time with the least headaches. Thinking of selling? Have questions? Give me a call at 310.505.5571, I will be happy to answer those questions and if I do not have the answers I will get them quickly.
At the end of the tips is a link that will get a free on line estimate of the worth of your home, take a look.
TIP #1 : WASH YOUR HOUSE’S FACE Before you scrape
any paint or plant more azaleas, wash the dirt, mildew, and general
grunge off the
outside of your house. REALTORS® say washing a house can add $10,000
to $15,000 to the
sale prices of some houses. A bucket of soapy water and a long handled, soft
bristled brush can remove the dust and dirt that have splashed onto your wood,
vinyl, metal, stucco, brick, and fiber cement siding. Power washers (rental:
$75 per day) can reveal the true color of your flagstone walkways. Wash your
windows inside and out, swipe cobwebs from eaves, and hose down Downspouts.
Don’t forget your garage door, which was once bright white. If you can’t spray
off the dirt, scrub it off with a solution of 1/2 cup trisodium phosphate—TSP,
available at grocery stores, hardware stores, and home improvement
centers—dissolved in 1 gallon of water. You and a friend can make your house
sparkle in a few weekends. A professional cleaning crew will cost hundreds
depending on the size of the house and number of windows but will finish in a
couple of days.
Tip #2: FRESHEN THE PAINT JOB The most commonly offered curb
appeal advice from real estate pros and appraisers is to give the exterior of
your home a good paint job. Buyers will instantly notice it, and appraisers
will value it. Of course, painting is an expensive and time-consuming facelift.
To paint a 3,000 square foot home, figure on spending $375 to $600 on paint;
$1,500 to $3,000 on labor. Your best bet is to match the paint you already
have: Scrape off a little and ask your local paint store to match it. 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.
TIP #3: REGARD THE ROOF The condition of your roof is
one of the first things buyers notice and appraisers assess.
Missing, curled, or faded
shingles add nothing to the look or value of your house. If your
neighbors have maintained or
replaced their roofs, yours will look especially shabby.
You can pay for roof repairs
now, or pay for them later in a lower appraisal; Appraisers will
mark down the value by the
cost of the repair. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2014
Cost vs. Value Report, the
average cost of a new asphalt shingle roof is about $19,000.
Some tired roofs look a lot
better after you remove 25 years of dirt, moss, lichens, and algae.
Don’t try cleaning your roof
yourself: call a professional with the right tools and technique to clean it
without damaging it. A 2,000 sq. ft. roof will take a day and $400 to $600 to
TIP #4: NEATEN THE YARD A well manicured lawn,
fresh mulch, and pruned shrubs boost the curb appeal of any home.
Replace overgrown bushes
with leafy plants and colorful annuals. Surround bushes and trees with dark or reddish-brown
bark mulch, which gives a rich feel to the yard. Put a crisp
edge on garden beds, pull
weeds and invasive vines, and plant a few geraniums in pots.
Green up your grass with
lawn food and water. Cover bare spots with seeds and sod, get rid
of crab grass, and mow
TIP #5: ADD A COLOR SPLASH Even a little color attracts
and pleases the eye of would-be buyers. Plant a tulip border in the fall that
will bloom in the spring. Dig a flowerbed by the mailbox and plant some
pansies. Place a brightly colored bench or Adirondack chair on the front porch.
Get a little daring, and paint the front door red or blue. These colorful
touches won’t add to the value of our house: appraisers don’t give you extra
points for a blue bench. But beautiful colors enhance curb appeal and help your
house to sell faster.
TIP#6: GLAM YOUR MAILBOX An upscale mailbox,
architectural house numbers, or address plaques can make your house
stand out. Highstyle
die cast aluminum mailboxes range from $100 to $350. You can pick up a
handsome, hand painted mailbox for about $50. If you don’t buy new, at least
give your old
mailbox a facelift
with paint and new house numbers. These days, your local home improvement
center or hardware stores has an impressive selection of decorative numbers.
Architectural address plaques, which you tack to the house or plant in the
yard, typically range from $80 to $200. Brass house numbers range from $3 to
$11 each, depending on size and style.
TIP #7: FENCE YOURSELF IN A picket fence with a
garden gate to frame the yard is an asset. Not only does it add visual punch to
your property, appraisers will give extra value to a fence in good condition, although
it has more impact in a family oriented neighborhood than an upscale retirement
community. Expect to
pay $2,000 to $3,500 for a professionally installed gated picket fence 3 feet
high and 100 feet long. If you already have a fence, make sure it’s clean and
in good condition. Replace broken gates and tighten loose latches.
TIP #8: MAINTENANCE IS A MUST Nothing looks worse from
the curb and sets off subconscious alarms like hanging
gutters, missing bricks
from the front steps, or peeling paint. Not only can these deferred
maintenance items damage
your home, but they can decrease the value of your house by
10%. Here are some
maintenance chores that will dramatically help the look of your house:
· Refasten sagging gutters.
· Repoint bricks that have lost their mortar.
· Reseal cracked asphalt.
· Straighten shutters.
· Replace cracked
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