Home buyers definitely do judge a book by its cover. The better your house looks on the outside, the more curb appeal it will have, the more you will be able to increase your asking price, and the more potential buyers you will have interested in your property. But, many people don't have the budget for full-scale exterior remodels that are going to completely revamp how their house looks from the curb. That is, even an exterior paint job can be too costly for many budgets. This article explains a few handy and affordable upgrades you can do if you are trying to increase your property value before putting it on the market without spending much money.
1. Paint the Trim
Painting the trim around your house is going to cost a small fraction of painting all the exterior walls. There is just so much less surface area to cover that it can't be done quite easily. But, freshly painted trim is going to have a big effect on how your exterior left. It can really make your roofline, door, window casings, moldings, and railings look much fresher. Many people are surprised that just painting the trim outside their home actually makes the rest of the walls look nicer and newer as well. You can always find a residential painting service to do this for you so that you can move on to other tasks.
2. Fix Your Gutters
If you have gutters on the roof line, replacing them could also be very smart. Gutters start to sag as they get older. If your gutter lines are straight and clean, it's going to make your roof line look straighter and cleaner.
3. New Garage Panels
Another smart exterior upgrade you can perform for just a couple hundred dollars is to replace your garage door panels. If you have the type of garage door that has removable panels, you can change them out for just a few hundred dollars. This quick and easy upgrade can be performed by professionals in just a couple of hours but has a big effect on the front of your house (if you have a front-facing garage door system).
4. Deep Clean Your Concrete
Another helpful and super affordable way to increase the curb appeal of your property is to thoroughly clean your driveway and sidewalks outside your house. These are often the first thing that people notice as they walk into your home for the first time. If your concrete is stained and faded, it can make your property look shabby. Professionals can use heavy duty cleaning supplies and power washers that can remove tough dirt and oil stains.
These small details can make all the difference when it comes to putting your house on the property.