No matter where you live, it is important to keep your home looking good – especially if you are planning on putting it up for sale in the near future. Homes with curb appeal typically sell for more money and spend less time on the market. Here are five tips for enhancing your home’s curb appeal:
1 – Clean the Exteriors
Simply washing your home’s exterior can make a major difference in both curb appeal and value.
Windows should be cleaned inside and out to remove any accumulated grime. Your driveway and any walkways can be power-washed to clean up the unwanted debris and freshen up the overall curb appeal of your front yard. A good scrubbing can greatly enhance your home’s outward appearance without the need to spend a lot of money.
2 – Streamline Your Landscaping
Much of the time we see that something is awry and wonder “what more can I add?”
When it comes to landscaping, it is important to always begin with what is already there. Focus on eliminating anything that is unattractive. This means getting rid of weeds, pruning trees and bushes. Dead spots in the lawn should be replaced with new grass.
When the lawn is fully maintained, consider using graph paper to make a master layout of your property – use it as an aid to determine what spots could use an addition. Rock gardens, arbors, or a birdbath can add some dimension to your backyard oasis.
3 – Get New Exterior Light Fixtures
Outdated light fixtures on your home’s exterior can affect the safety and appearance of your home. Find new fixtures with the same mounting base as the one being replaced to keep the project from becoming too complicated. You can also consider installing path lighting or upgrading existing path lighting.
4 – Freshen the colors
The color of your home is one of the main factors contributing to curb appeal and one of the first things that real estate professionals advise that you pay attention to.
If simply scrubbing the siding with warm water and a mild detergent does not make your home “pop,” you could try repainting. Along with the roof, fresh looking siding is integral to giving off a “maintenance-free” impression.
5 – Check the condition of your Roof
Speaking of the roof, it is one of the first things that both prospective buyers and appraisers will notice. If the first glance discovers an aged, chipped tile roof, this negative impression could carry over to other areas of the property. To make matters worse, your roof may look especially bad if the roofing systems of other homes in the neighborhood are well-maintained.
Tile roofs are durable and can stand up to harsh weather; however, they can also develop cracks and lose the occasional tile if not properly maintained. In addition, unsightly moss can build up over time. If your roof is in really bad shape, it may be necessary to have it replaced. Once your tile roof replacement has been performed, proper maintenance and cleaning will enable your new roof to outlast any other roofing material.
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