Before you can get potential buyers to see all of the upgrades you’ve made inside your home, you need to get them to notice you from the outside. Leading real estate agents agree that curb appeal is a crucial first step to getting potential buyers interested, making landscaping a home update that will pay off in the long run. “Buyers make their decisions in exactly eight seconds,” says Barbara Corcoran, founder of the Corcoran Group, a Manhattan real estate firm. “After that, they’ve either fallen in love or are just honoring an appointment.” Even if you’re not planning on selling your home in the immediate future, starting now is a necessity because some plants take years to reach their full maturity.
Building a deck
Wood decks are a popular option right now, offering a recoup rate that averages 85-90 percent, and could even be as high as 100 percent in hot climates. A deck expands your living space and gives your family as well as potential buyers in the future an area to entertain, dine outside and just relax. According to Celia Kuperzmid Lehrman, deputy home editor at Consumer Reports, a wooden deck’s appeal is linked to today’s more thrift-conscious consumers, who are looking to save money by spending more time at home.
Replacing vinyl siding on your home can change the way it looks from the street and in some cases even make it look brand new. While vinyl siding is not for everyone, or every type of house, it can be a way to improve your home’s appearance that is less costly than stone, wood or cedar siding. Vinyl siding can last a long time and does not require regular maintenance.
One of the most surefire ways to get a good return on investment when remodeling your home is to install a steel front door. Steel doors are easy to maintain and are deemed to be a safer option to protect against break-ins. A new front door can also be attractive, boosting your homes curb appeal. Steel doors can potentially make a home more energy efficient, since most have magnetic weather stripping that seals air leaks and reduces energy waste.
As far as home remodeling projects go, a garage door replacement is a relatively inexpensive way to boost your home’s curb appeal and overall look. There are many forms of modern garage doors to complement varying architectural designs. Garage door windows come in numerous styles such as antique, arch-shaped, printed glass and more. You’ll want to replace your garage door with one that matches your home’s age and style.
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