The way your house looks from the street--attractively landscaped and well-maintained--can add thousands to its value and cut the time it takes to sell. But which projects pump upcurb appeal most? Some spit and polish goes a long way, and so does a dose of color.
Make the most of your home’s appearance, here are practical curb appeal tips that will help you get the most visual pride for your abode.
Bathe Your House
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. Most property advisers 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 and 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.
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. But we are aware that painting is an expensive and a 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.
Instead, 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.
Regard the roof
The condition of your roof is one of the first things buyers notice and appraisers assess. You can use a pressure hose to clean your roof and you'd be surprised how better a simple cleaning does.
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 may take a day and roughly $400 to $600 to clean professionally.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.
Facade painting is also a simple DIY if you're comfortable on a ladder. This could save you $1500 to $3000. If your neighbors have maintained or replaced their roofs, yours will look especially shabby.
So you've practically bathed your home yet cleaning didn't do much but highlight some door wear and tear.
This time, like what make up does to a pale face, you'd need a makeover.
A Splash of paint
Paint the exterior of your home with a friendly, warm and welcoming colour palette.
When this homeowner decided the exterior of her home didn’t reflect her mood or personality,
Isn't the new colour palette is much more inviting?
If funds and time is an issue then paint just the front door. Nothing makes a statement like a front door, so make it really stand out with a bold hue that complements the exterior colour scheme and overall style of your home.
Install a new, front-facing garage door. If your front-facing garage door has seen its day,consider a face lift and get a new one.
The great thing about a garage door makeover is that it can typically be done in one day.
How’s that for instant gratification!
New Lights, New Life
Install new exterior light fixtures. Choose a style that brings your home up to the 21st century.
Whats great is this works on both indoors and outdoors. You should try converting some plain lights to pendant lights! Believe me when I say that it would be quite a big difference for a very small change.
Glorify the outdoor
High-style die cast aluminum mailboxes range from $100 to $350 on the shelf, as well as house numbers could range typically range from $80 to $200. If you look hard enough though, you can pick up a handsome stainless steel mailbox for less than $100 or even a stainless steel house number for less than $50 (even if your house number is a double digit) if you try online. Stores like renovatorstore.com.au conveniently cuts most PC(Prime Cost) fixture to less than half of the price. Check it out you may even get it shipped for free!
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 regularly.
Re-landscape the path to your door and add interest with color and layers. Who says a yard has to be all grass? The curved orange wall, bamboo plants and slate stepping stones make this area appear linear…yet whimsical.
Increasing your home's worth is supposed to increase the value of your abode. Not increase your cost!