Giving Your Home a Face-Lift

Give your home an advantage on the competitive real estate market. A quick do-it-yourself face-lift may be just what your home needs. Landscaping, color and a little elbow grease can provide a huge benefit to your home’s value.

Before doing anything dramatic in an attempt to sell your home, give it a bath. REALTORS have accredited a good wash to $10,000 – $15,000 in added value. Simply take some soapy water with a brush and scrub off some of the mildew, dirt and other sediment that has splattered onto your home. This applies to siding, windows, garage doors and the general outside of your home. If soap is not enough, purchase some TSP from your grocery or hardware store. In just a few weekends, you’ll have a fresh sparkling house.

Another way to liven up the look of your home is to apply fresh paint. A new paint job may cost a little more than a bath, but REALTORS say it is the most noticed home improvement. If you decide to paint, stay true to your home’s color. An appraiser or REALTOR will decrease the value of your home if the new paint greatly differs from its original color or similar neighborhood homes.

One important aspect an appraiser or buyer will quickly notice is the roof. Fix missing, curled or faded shingles to enhance your roof’s look. For only a few hundred dollars, you can hire professionals to come and clean your roof, making it look much younger. This becomes especially important if your neighbors have a new or clean roof. If roof repairs are necessary, appraisers will take the cost of doing so out of their total appraisal.

Regular maintenance will also keep up the value of your home. Potential buyers are immediately turned off by a home with hanging gutters, peeling paint or cracked asphalt. Fortunately, regular chores can solve these problems. Straighten those off-center shutters for a more professional, clean look. Purchase concrete sealant from the hardware store for those cracks. In a day’s time, these issues can be easily taken care of.

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