Getting your home ready to show to prospective buyers might as well be compared to juggling flaming chainsaws while calculating your federal income tax refund. There are a million different punch list items demanding your attention, but the reality is the best way to get the most out of staging your home to put on the market is to focus your efforts on a few big picture items and make sure they turn out great.
Your home’s exterior should be on the top of this list.
It’s the first thing buyers and home shoppers will see, and likely be the thing they remember most vividly about their visit, which makes it vitally important to the success of your sale. “Curb appeal” is a term that has taken on a life of its own, and is a major factor in how other people determine the value of your home. They don’t have all the fond memories to tell them why it’s great, so you’re going to have to do a little work and show them.
The good news is there is a lot you can do with a few tools and a bit of industriousness to transform your home’s exterior. Here are 5 DIY projects that will boost your curb appeal and have people dropping their jaws as they round the couldasak.
Upgrade Your Exterior Siding
You might think upgrading your siding is a job bigger than something a home improvement novice could handle on their own. Well, you’d be right! Even something as innocuous as repainting your house requires a bit of help from either a seasoned professional or at the very least someone who knows their way around Home Depot. That said, replacing your siding with something more attractive and longer lasting is certainly something you can do yourself - just be honest with yourself about your experience and ability to do so.
There are plenty of house siding ideas you can explore, but you might want to look into fiber cement panels. They are inexpensive, bomber proof, and can be painted in any color and shade you can imagine. Also, they are definitely on the ‘easy’ end of the spectrum as far as siding installations you can probably undertake by yourself.
Add an Attractive Landscape Garden
A little bit of greenery goes a long way to making your home seem simultaneously more inviting and more protected. Planting a garden or other landscape elements is as easy as going to the nursery and putting in the work, and the result can add immense value to your home. You can even go as far as introducing water features like koi ponds, fountains, or quaint little bird baths.
The point is to add a bit of context to the home itself, and provide attractive exterior spaces for people to gather. If the prospective buyers can see themselves entertaining or throwing parties at your home, they will be much more inclined to pull out their checkbooks. As an additional selling point, plants and trees help mitigate drainage and stormwater runoff, making your yards easier to maintain and even safer.
Replace Your Gutters
Over the years your gutters have probably suffered the wrath of hail storms, extreme heat, and enough freeze-thaw cycles to impress a polar bear. Replacing your gutters will add a lot of value to your home without a huge up front cost to get the project done. You could go as far as re-roofing your entire house or changing your roof design and style altogether, but that kind of intensive work might be best left for roofing professionals.
The gutters, however, are something you can probably venture to undertake yourself. Again, as with the siding project, if you don’t have experience swinging a hammer and hanging off 30 foot ladders, you might want to consider getting some help. But, if you’re up to the task, installing new gutters can turn into a major selling point.
Build Your Own Window Shutters
Window shutters are one of those extra details that can pull on a buyer’s nostalgia strings just enough to get them to cave. They exude a quiet town feel that people seem to be falling in love with these days. If the style of your home supports such an addition, they are something you can even build yourself, which adds to the home’s story and history as well as its aesthetics.
You don’t have to look much further than YouTube to find resources on how to get this kind of project up and running. All you really need is a saw, a screw gun, and a bit of imagination to give your home a unique look and style that will separate itself from the rest of the block.
Stage Your Patio or Deck
You’re going to want to make sure your home’s exterior looks lived in, but not overgrown or abused. It’s probably a good idea to ditch the rusted out, moldy patio chairs with something a bit more contemporary (not to mention tetanus free!). It doesn’t take much to stage your exterior hang out spaces in a way that invites the buyer to use their imagination with the possibilities of outdoor entertainment.
Making your outdoor spaces look nice is a no brainer, and is probably the easiest and most inexpensive thing you can do to get your home sell-ready. You might even consider investing in a fire pit or outdoor bar to make it all the more difficult for them to say no.
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