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Spring Curb Appeal For Selling Your Home
According to the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report, exterior replacement projects historically achieve a higher overall cost-value ratio. Particularly high-yielding outdoor projects include window, door, siding and garage door replacements. The report states, "Given the emphasis on resale value built into this survey, the dramatic improvement to curb appeal is a strong factor in raising the perceived value of a home in the eyes of prospective buyers."
However, before plunging in to specific remodel projects, it's advisable to do some research about remodels in your area of the country, since some markets perform better than others.Do not spend a lot of money on projects that will not reflect a good return on your investment. Take a few moments to read through the 2013 Cost vs. Value Report (available online) to be completely informed.
DECIDE WHAT PROJECT WILL ENHANCE YOUR PROERTY APPEAL
Once you've done your research, a great place to start is to repair any damaged, split or sagging soffit or fascia boards. Once these items are repaired, a fresh coat of paint will brighten the exterior of your home, increasing curb appeal.
Another item that will preserve your home's value—and be simultaneously energy-efficient—would be the replacement of old-style, inefficient windows. Old aluminum frame type windows and weather-beaten wood windows reduce curb appeal and are sources of energy-loss (heat in winter, cold air in summer).
Older style windows don't have the r-value or e-value that is present in similar new products. The glass in older windows doesn't block the sun's harmful rays the way new energy-efficient ones will. These new windows, with gas-filled panes and their ability to slow down UV rays that damage the colors of furniture, floor coverings and wall paints, are great upgrades to a home.
Also, consider replacing your garage door and other exterior and interior doors in your home. If your doors are in good shape but the appearance is lacking, a fresh coat of paint or stain can dramatically increase the appearance, adding to the value of your home and provides the opportunity for a change to the look and feel of your home.
Also, consider the addition of a deck or patio, or an extension to an existing one. Your watchwords should be durability and maintenance. You want a product that performs well and is long-lived, as well as one that is easy to manage and maintain. For example, utilizing composite building materials (a combination of wood and plastic) will give you a longer-lasting deck. A naturalwood deck can be gorgeous, but composite decks (which may cost more up front) require almost no painting or staining, and therefore are a better value in the long run.
Don't neglect the shrubs around the house, they need to be pruned and possibly cut back to brighten up the area closest to the house. Plant new flowers to bring on more curb appeal. Keep your lawn mowed weekly and don't forget about edging, this makes the house yard look as neat as a pin!
Good luck with your springtime projects and know that your hard work will be rewarded with your home selling for the right price because of the pride of ownership that you exude.
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