First impressions count. When it comes to selling your home, that means dazzling buyers from the moment they pull up to the curb. Even in today’s market, when supply is tight, sprucing up the exterior of your home can add thousands of dollars to your final sale price.
Here are 6 ways to improve the outside of your home, suggested by RisMedia’s Housecall:
Front door: If the front door looks shabby, you’ve lost the battle before it’s barely begun. Repaint your front door. Or better yet, replace it with a steel door. “A quality front door replacement can bring you a return of around 102%,” notes Housecall, “which makes it a great bang for your buck.”
Landscaping: Buyers screening homes on the Internet will scrutinize the yard. Poorly tended trees, bushes and grass will be an immediate turnoff. According to a recent study, appealing landscaping can give you a 252% return on the investment, increasing your home’s value by as much as 28%.
Paint: There’s nothing like a new coat of paint to freshen the look of your house—and convey to buyers that the home has been lovingly cared for. “Choose warm and inviting colors” that will appeal to a wide group, notes Housecall.
Privacy fence: If you live in an area where the neighbors are close or the nearby scenery is less than stellar, a privacy fence can keep a buyer’s gaze on your backyard, not others. Housecall notes that the average cost of a wood fence is $2,450, but you’ll reap 100% return on the increased value of your home.
New windows: Today’s buyers are concerned with energy costs. New windows can better insulate your home and decrease your air conditioning and heating bills anywhere from $125-$465 a year, according to Energy Star. Sellers should see a 90% return on the investment.
Pressure Wash: If the paint on your home’s exterior is in good shape, give the home a a facelift with a pressure wash to peel off accumulated dirt. Buyers will notice, and you will reap 100% of the cost on the resale.