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Posted by Kimberly Zecher on 8/8/2020

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You’re getting ready to put your house on the market and scurrying to make everything look perfect for potential buyers. While it’s important to focus on readying your home’s interior for viewing, remember not to neglect your exterior. According to some estimates, 81% of real estate agents believe curb appeal is one of the primary ways to attract a buyer.

Keeping the lawn tidy, manicuring bushes, removing yard clutter, and ensuring exterior paint sparkles are things you'll want to do. Here are five additional ways to make your home’s exterior pop.

Install Gutter Covers

Gutter covers serve a practical purpose by ensuring gutters are clear of debris to prevent breakage or destruction caused by backed up water, but they can also provide an attractive exterior accent. Modern covers come in different designs and colors to add an attractive feature to your home. (Bonus: Many buyers might find the idea of low-maintenance gutters appealing!)

Seal the Driveway

Maintaining a driveway is one of those items many people forget to tick off on their to-do list. A dirty or cracked driveway might immediately bias a potential buyer, but a newly sealed and crisp-looking driveway can go a long way towards grabbing their attention.

Add ‘Green’ Highlights

Today’s consumers actively seek to go green. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 68% of buyers seek environmentally-friendly homes (even if they don’t want to pay extra for them). Adding exterior improvements to your home can give it a “green” feel.

  • Install solar lighting: These aren’t as elusive as they once were, you can buy solar lighting at your local big box store or warehouse to use along patio borders or integrated into your landscape.
  • Add a sustainable garden: Gardens are always a nice touch and low-maintenance sustainable gardens are a plus. (Consider installing a barrel to collect rainwater to water your garden to further increase your home’s “green” appeal).
  • Replace windows and doors: Adding attractive Energy Star certified windows and doors are appealing perks and, while costly, bring a strong ROI in resale.
  • Giving your home environmentally-conscious features and "feel" adds curb appeal and, depending on the improvements made, also enhances its value.

    Add New Door Hardware

    Buyers greeted at the door with a dingy outdated doorknob will have a different reaction than if met with a brand-new shiny one. Adding new front door hardware is a great way to bring a more inviting feel to your home as buyers arrive. Best of all, replacing it is an inexpensive and easy DIY fix.

    Ditch Concrete Walkways

    Traditional concrete walkways are considered retro. If yours are looking outdated, you can make appealing improvements by investing in stamped concrete, stone or reclaimed brick walkways to replace older ones.

    According to Remodeling Magazine, nine of the top 10 home improvements to increase a home’s value are exterior upgrades. First impressions matter. If you can “wow” a buyer before they even step in the door, you’ve got a far better chance of receiving your asking price.




    Categories: Selling  


    Posted by Kimberly Zecher on 7/18/2020


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    Even if you love your home and never plan to leave it, there may come a point when you need to put it on the market. The home maintenance tasks you tackle today have a direct impact on your home’s value tomorrow. If you want to protect the value of your home, these are the home maintenance tasks you shouldn't put off.

    Keep the Roof in Good Repair

    A roof can make or break a home sale. Most roofs will last 20 to 25 years. If yours is nearing the end of that lifespan or is showing signs of distress, start planning for a replacement. Similarly, if you’ve had a storm recently, have the roof inspected, and tap into your insurance coverage for a new roof if needed.

    Maintain Your HVAC

    Your HVAC system may not be the most attractive part of your home, but it’s one of the most important for your home’s comfort. Keep up with routine maintenance, including filter replacement, air duct cleaning, and yearly maintenance inspections. This will help you get the best possible life out of your system, while also ensuring you can list the home with all of its components when you’re ready to sell.

    Freshen the Paint

    Not only does a fresh coat of paint make your home look great, but it also helps protect the woodwork in your home from damage due to everyday life. Buy quality paint when you paint, and try to keep up with the current trends while also reflecting your own style. This will keep your home looking attractive while also protecting its value. Keep the interior and exterior painted whenever necessary.

    Protect and Cultivate Your Landscaping

    A beautiful home with an unkempt yard is going to be worth less than a standard home with a beautiful yard. Your landscaping doesn’t need to be extravagant, but you should spend some time each year keeping it looking its best. This will increase your property’s perceived value down the road.

    Appliance Care and Upgrades

    Your appliances are something you rely on every day to keep things functioning well in your home. Keep up with their maintenance, and upgrade as needed, to give your home the best possible value. You will need good, working appliances in your home to keep things running smoothly, and potential buyers down the road will appreciate these items as well.

    Maintaining your home makes it more enjoyable to live in, and it also makes it more appealing to potential buyers down the road.