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7 Projects That Can Increase Curb Appeal

Elise Jansen, CMA,  Sr. Mortgage Advisor

May 8, 2020 — 4 min read

The sun is shining, the days are getting longer, and the flowers are in full bloom. The summer months are the perfect time to dive into all the projects you put off during the cold, wet weeks of winter. So, where do you begin? We have to admit that some DIY projects are simply not worth the time and effort, but there are several outdoor tasks that are quick to complete and have the potential to boost your curb appeal.

1. Rent a Power Washer

Dirt and grime can quickly build up on the windows, siding, and doors on the outside of your home. Taking one day to power wash the exterior is a great way to freshen up your curb appeal. If you live in a single-story home, you may even consider ditching the rental costs of a power washer and take advantage of the water hose in your front yard on high. Keep in mind, if you do decide to rent a power washer, extreme water pressure can be damaging to some siding and windows, so use caution. For more information about the costs of renting versus buying your equipment, compare prices here.

2. Trim Overgrown Foliage

The beauty of most outdoor projects is that once you purchase the tools you need, your future costs are virtually obsolete. For example, a $20 pair of trimming shears can bring you years of trimmed hedges and bushes. Removing stray branches and cutting overgrown grass shifts any attention from an untidy yard to your beautiful home. If you need to remove large branches or trim tall shrubs, consider hiring a professional lawn care service on a one-time basis at the beginning of each summer. Lawn care is essential, not only for curb appeal but also for the safety of others. Fallen limbs can also quickly become a costly oversight if they are left unkept and land on cars or homes.

3. Tend to Flower Beds

Small changes make a big difference when it comes to curb appeal. Ripping up weeds, laying down fresh mulch, and planting bright and colorful flowers are inexpensive ways for homeowners to show that they care about their home. PRO TIP: Planting annual flowers are a low-cost (and low maintenance) project that will leave your flowerbeds full of beautiful blooms for years to come. Marigolds, petunias, and snapdragons provide that unique splash of color, especially in full bloom during summer months.

4. Consider Retouching the Paint

If it's been a few summers since your house has seen a fresh coat of paint, it's probably time to make the update. Experts recommend that wood siding is repainted every 3-7 years, but aluminum and stucco can last about five years before needing any touchups. Homeowners with painted brick housing can go much longer without making touchups, in some cases, up to 20 years. While you're making fresh updates to the structure of your home, don't forget about your front door! Applying a fresh, bright coat of paint to the front door will make your home stand out among the rest. In most cases, this is an easy, one-day project. (Homeowners in humid climates may need to allow two days for the paint to completely dry.)

5. Replace Your Outdated Garage Door

We know what you're thinking. Really? Why would I replace my garage door? According to Bank Rate, replacing an outdated 16-by-7-foot garage door with a four-section door increases curb appeal without breaking the bank. With close to a 98% cost recoup, this project is worth every cent you spend. If you have no plans to move within the next few years, this project may not be worth the cost for the time being. However, if you do find yourself preparing to sell, this project shouldn't be overlooked. The value recoups speaks for itself. (Need inspiration? See a few ideas on our Pinterest.)

6. Clean, Clean, Clean

If you're on a tight schedule with a limited budget, simply cleaning out the gutters, reorganizing yard clutter, and rinsing off windows can make a huge difference. If you're wondering what to prioritize, ask your neighbors or friends what they notice when the first look at your house. You could even try viewing your home from the street, different angles, from far away and close up. You may catch something you hadn't seen before!

7. Remember the Small Items

When is the last time you changed the mat on your front door or updated the house numbers on your curb or house? You can make all the big, flashy changes you want, but your curb appeal is only as strong as your smallest update.

Are you ready to sell and move on? We can help. Contact a Mortgage Advisor today for more information!

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