For homeowners who are thinking about putting their property on the market anytime soon, it is important to take a critical eye to the home's curb appeal. The first impression that a prospective buyer receives from your home's exterior will often be the impression that lasts. It can make the difference between a sale or a pass. Owens Construction would like to offer the following list of simple home improvement projects that can give your home a boost in curb appeal.
Doors and Windows
Think of your home's doors and windows as accessories to its overall appeal. At a bare minimum, a solid scrubbing can make windows sparkle and shine, and a fresh coat of paint can liven up shutters and window trim. Replacing older windows with more energy-efficient options can be an attractive lure to environmentally conscious buyers.
Most buyers are immediately drawn into an inviting and spacious front porch. If your home already has a great porch, enhance its appeal by clearing out clutter and staging it with a comfy rocker or swing. Add a burst of color with outdoor pillows and rugs. For homes that lack a porch, consider adding one to provide a sheltered space to enter your home. There are numerous styles and designs to choose from and options for virtually every budget.
Few things make a home appear more dated than old or worn light fixtures. When shopping for new fixtures, there are many styles and various finish options. Be sure to select fixtures that integrate seamlessly with the home's style. In some cases, the existing fixtures can be updated with a simple coat of paint. Best of all, this is a home improvement project that takes very little time to complete, and most people can install the new fixtures on their own. As always, when working with electricity, be sure to shut off the power.
Over time, the exterior of a home will accumulate a coating of dirt, pollen and debris. Pressure washing is a great way to remove grit and grime and can leave your home bright and clean. Be sure to research proper pressure washing procedures, and avoid using too harsh a spray or getting too close to your home's surfaces. Certain fittings are better suited for different types of material, and the same fitting used to clean one type of siding may be far too strong for another. A pressure washer can also work wonders on stained driveways, sidewalks and decks.
It goes without saying that a functional roof is an appealing roof, so handle repairs right away. In some cases, adding architectural details such as dormers or gables can add excellent curb appeal. This is an area where most homeowners would prefer a professional to complete the project.
At Owens Construction, we offer clients free customized estimates on all remodeling projects, and we can also help you decide how to use your budget to increase the value of your house and boost curb appeal.