Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re not talking about replacing vinyl siding with redwood siding; we’re talking about maintenance and beautifying tasks you’d like to live with anyway.
The way your house looks from the street — attractively landscaped and well-maintained can add thousands to its value and cut the time it takes to sell. But which projects pump up curb appeal most? Some spit and polish goes a long way, and so does a dose of color.
- Mow the lawn; trim trees and shrubs away from the house.
- Clean and repair all gutters and downspouts.
- Take out window screens and wash all windows.
- Remove dead plants, flowers and shrubs.
- Clean or repaint outdoor furniture.
- Put away tools, garbage cans, hoses, toys and building materials.
- Keep patios and decks clear of planters, flower pots, charcoal and barbecues.
- Power wash the home’s siding or brick to remove any excess debris.
- Repaint or refinish trim around windows and doors.
- Check for broken roof shingles.
- Seal or resurface driveway.
- Clean or repaint the mailbox.
- Dress up front yard shrubs & flower beds with fresh mulch.