Spring in the Midwest is the perfect time to boost your home’s curb appeal in ways that will last all year long.
If you are thinking of selling your home, you should know the importance of curb appeal to buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63% of homebuyers will drop by after viewing your home online. The exterior, including the front entry, yard, driveway and sidewalk, will serve as a snapshot of what’s to see inside.
Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. But even if you are not currently thinking of selling your home, the following maintenance and beautifying tasks will help create the home you’d like to live with anyway.
A bucket of soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush can remove the dust and dirt that have splashed onto your wood, vinyl, metal, stucco, brick, and fiber cement siding. Power washers can reveal the true color of your flagstone walkways. Wash your windows inside and out, swipe cobwebs from eaves, and hose down downspouts. Don’t forget to wash the garage door.
Touch Up the Paint
The most commonly offered curb appeal advice from real estate pros and appraisers is to give the exterior of your home a good paint job (if not maintenance free). Your best bet is to match the paint you already have: Scrape off a little and ask your local paint store to match it.
Check the Roof
The condition of your roof is one of the first things buyers notice and appraisers assess. Missing, curled, or faded shingles add nothing to the look or value of your house. If your neighbors have maintained or replaced their roofs, yours will look especially shabby.
Manicure the Yard
A well-manicured lawn, fresh mulch, and pruned shrubs boost the curb appeal of any home. Replace overgrown bushes with leafy plants and colorful annuals. Surround bushes and trees with a little mulch. Put a crisp edge on garden beds, pull weeds and invasive vines, and plant a few potted flowers. Green up your grass with lawn food and water. Cover bare spots with seeds and sod, get rid of crab grass, and mow regularly.
Even a little color attracts and pleases the eye of would-be buyers. Dig a flowerbed by the mailbox and plant some pansies. Place a brightly colored bench or Adirondack chair on the front porch. Paint the front door a complimentary color.
Nothing looks scarier from the curb than hanging gutters, missing bricks from the front steps, or peeling paint. Not only can these deferred maintenance items damage your home, but they can decrease the value of your house by up to 10%. Be sure to refasten sagging gutters, re-point bricks that have lost their mortar, reseal cracked asphalt, straighten shutters and replace any cracked windows.
Once you have your home exterior spruced up and beautified, sit back, relax and enjoy it – then call The Boehmer Team when you are ready to list it. We make the process of selling your home easier than the process of getting it ready for sale. Contact us at www.TheBoehmerTeam.com