Boost Your Curb Appeal
As I’ve said before, you only have one chance to make a good first impression. If your home isn’t appealing when buyers drive by, they make keep on going.
What does the walkway from the driveway to the front door look like? Maybe replace the flagstone steps or the cracked concrete with a nice paver walk. Spruce up the flower beds and overhaul the landscaping. The small evergreen that you planted a dozen years ago may have grown to 20’ by now. When we moved into our house, I trimmed back some overgrown boxwoods and found 5 windows you couldn’t see from the street.
Another easy project is to replace the garage doors. Take a good look at them. If they are dented or showing signs of wear, prospective buyers will notice, usually before they even enter the home. You can usually re-use the old tracks and two people can install new ones easily. This is a great return on investment. If you get insulated doors without windows, it’s an energy improvement and may be tax deductable.
Once you get started, don’t stop at the front of the house, continue down the sides and into the back yard. If your climate allows outdoor activity, you’ll want a backyard that people want to spend time in. A nice patio, possibly with a fire pit or a chiminea makes a great gathering place that potential buyers will be able to envision themselves enjoying.