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How to Take Your Home from Curb Appalling to Curb Appealing

Written by Posted On Friday, 17 May 2019 09:46

If you have recently decided to put your house on the market, then you need to think about boosting your property’s curb appeal. In addition to making your home more attractive to potential buyers, boosting its curb appeal could also increase the value of your property by as much as five percent, and that might add up to quite a bit of money.

Start by Decluttering

The first step in this process is going through your front yard and removing any unnecessary clutter. That includes dead leaves, old branches, toys, landscaping tools, and any trash that is trapped in your trees and bushes. You should also get rid of clutter near your doorway and sweep up any debris that is around the porch area. Decluttering is a simple and inexpensive project that should take no more than a few hours, and it is going to have a major impact on your home’s curb appeal.

Carefully Inspect Your Roof

Even though a modern roof should last for at least 20 or 30 years, damage can still take place at any time. Replacing one or two damaged shingles will revamp the appearance of your home and prevent expensive roof leaks. If more than one or two shingles are damaged, then you might need to replace the roof entirely. A local residential roofing contractor should be able to completely replace your roof in a single weekend, and that upgrade could boost the value of your property by thousands of dollars.

Repaint Your Door

Another simple project that can positively impact your home’s curb appeal is painting your front door. The paint that is on your front door will slowly begin to fade over the years, and a dingy front door might make a home look disheveled. While you can hire a professional for this project, most homeowners should be able to paint their doors on their own with nothing more than a few basic tools.

Power Wash the Driveway and Walls

Power washing your driveway and exterior walls is going to remove years of grime and dirt. One of these devices is a great investment for any homeowner, but you can rent power washers from most home improvement stores as well. Before you wash your walls, you need to make sure that there are no leaks around the vents, pipes, and windows.

Even if you don’t plan on completely renovating your property, you still need to make sure that your home and yards are presentable. Some buyers might not even consider making an offer if the outside of your home is unattractive and unkempt.

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Rachelle Wilber

Rachelle Wilber is a former real estate agent now turned freelance writer that specializes in home realty, mortgage, and building. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

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