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Tips to Improve a Home’s Curb Appeal

Houses that have high curb appeal will take less time to sell and command higher prices. The way in which your home appears from the street — well-maintained and attractively landscaped — may cut the time it takes to sell and add thousands to its value. However, which projects pump curb appeal up most? A little spit and polish will go a long way, and so will a dose of color. We put together five of our best tips to improve a homes curb appeal below.

Wash the Home’s Face

Before planting more azaleas, or scraping any paint, wash the grunge, mildew and dirt off of the outside of the property. REALTORS® say cleaning a home may add $10,000 – $15,000 to the sale’s price of some properties.

Freshen Paint Job

The most typically provided curb appeal suggestion from real estate appraisers and pros includes giving the home’s exterior a good paint job. Buyers instantly will notice it, and appraisers are going to value it. Painting, of course, is a time-consuming and expensive facelift. To paint a home of 3000 square feet, figure on spending $1,500 – $3,000 on labor and $375 – $600 on paint.

Regard your Roof

A few tired roofs appear a lot better after removing 25 years of moss, dirt, algae and lichens. Do not attempt to clean the roofing on your own: contact an expert that has the right technique and tools to clean it without causing any damage. A roof of 2,000 square feet takes one day and $400 – $600 to professionally clean.

Neaten your Yard

Green your grass up with lawn water and food. Cover all bare spots with sod and seeds, mow regularly and eliminate crab grass.

Add Color Splash

Even a tiny pop of color pleases and attracts the eye of potential buyers. In the fall, plant a tulip border which will bloom within the spring. Dig a flowerbed by your mailbox and then plant pansies. Place an Adirondack chair or brightly colored bench on your front porch.

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