We’ve posted on curb appeal before, but let’s revisit, now that the spring housing market is upon us…finally! For those of us who have been busy, it really hasn’t slowed down since about December 2012…
Do you have a neighbor that you drive by their house and make a face like you just sucked on a persimmon? Namely, you can feel neighborhood values dipping. What do you think your neighbors or prospective buyers are saying about your property?
Use these few, simple ideas to spruce up your curb appeal.
Let’s get it out there, painting your whole house can be expensive there’s no doubt. Focus on the less attractive components of a house like utility boxes, cable junctions, wires, etc. Paint them the same color as your house. Consider it homeowner camouflage. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes when those components blend in.
Send the A/C to Witness Protection
We are totally guilty of this one, too, and it’s on my short (relatively speaking) honey-do list. If your A/C faces the street (like ours), build or purchase a lattice type fence, plant large shrubs or bushes, or paneling to shield it from view. It really might depend on where your A/C is located on your property, but wouldn’t you rather see the decorations or landscaping than your 10 year old A/C unit?
Take Care of Landscaping
In addition to a well groomed lawn, a well thought out, planned landscape goes a long way. Save money by planning out your ideas to make your exterior fun and inviting. Try picking a theme for your new plant additions (tropical, perennials, annuals, etc.). Incorporate the colors of your landscaping with the colors of your home.
An inexpensive, quick fine tuning of hardware will go a long way. Get new house numbers to match your landscaping, a new mailbox to match the numbers, and a new door latch to match all of it. Be creative, but make sure you’re prepared to change these items if your tastes don’t match what potential buyers may expect.
Front Door Make-Up
Add beauty with an antique door. Add pizzazz with some faux painting. Or, if you’re like the rest of us, a fresh coat of paint will cover up those door dings, grimy fingerprints, and/or weather related aging.
The planned installation of solar outdoor lighting can increase the interest in your home, in addition to adding safety for you and your guests. Keep a path of lights to your door and accent your new landscaping.
Uncle Sam Sending You a Refund? We hope so!
If you are expecting some money back from your tax return, you may replace damaged siding, install new siding, and/or add architectural highlights such as balconies, a new porch, or decorative shutters.
As always, if you’re concerned about the return on your investment for any items of your home, consult with a professional. Most professionals will provide a free estimate of what to expect. Contact us for more deets (details)!
Derek Espeer Real Estate Services