It looks like Spring has finally arrived here in Teays Valley.  With that being the case, it is time for homeowners to take advantage of the pretty weather ahead and start sprucing up the home. 

One of the first things that you can do to get your home ready for a Spring listing is to enhance the curb appeal of your home. The primary goal of attending to the curb appeal of your home is to make it stand out in the neighborhood. Not only will your home be more attractive compared to the other homes in your neighborhood but it will also increase the value of your home for a prospective sale.

So, what are some of the things that you can do to enhance the curb appeal of your home?

Obviously, we want the exterior of our home to be attractive. Potential buyers will look at the exterior of the home and gain from that clues as to the condition of the interior. If the exterior is in good condition, they will assume that the interior is as well. Perhaps a new coat of paint is all it would take to make your home appear newer. Painting a house can be a huge task for many people. If that is the case, you should consider hiring a professional painting company to do the extensive painting for you. Having your home painted can improve the value, and you can realize a 60% to 100% return on this investment.

If your home has vinyl siding and does not need to be painted, perhaps just some TLC and preventive maintenance would do the trick. As most of us know here in The Valley, weather and the elements can make our homes siding appear to be dirty. Often times, green algae will form on one or more sides of the home. Power washing the siding is an excellent way to get a nice clean appearance. Even the dingiest looking vinyl siding can be improved with a good power washing. Again, if you do not have the skill or the equipment to perform this maintenance, a professional can be employed to do the job for you. This investment should realize you at least a 77% return on the investment.

Another area of the exterior of your home that may need attention is the garage doors. Of course, if your garage doors are in good condition perhaps all they will need would be to be power washed. This is especially true if they are metal. However, if they’re getting to the point where they are too dingy and in obvious need of a new coat of paint, you should spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint. In extreme situations, if the garage doors are in very poor condition replacing the garage doors may be in order. New garage doors are generally better insulated than older garage doors. This makes them more energy efficient. Your return on investment with replacing the garage doors is approximately 91%.

Does your home have a fence around the yard? If you have a wooden picket fence, for example, you may find rotting wood in the pickets and/or the fence posts.  Of course, these should be replaced and properly painted. You should also take care when mowing the lawn that the fence line is properly trimmed.

What is the condition of the front door and shutters? Giving the doors and shutters a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive improvement and adds brightness and perhaps new color to your home. How about the door fixtures themselves? If they’re old and dingy replacing them is in order. Also, take a look at the hinges. Replacing the hinges of the door is an inexpensive improvement which adds to the “new look” that you are trying to achieve. Do you have the house number on the front of your home? What is the condition of these numbers? Are they old and dingy, outdated, or even worse, partially missing? Updating them with brand-new numbers is another inexpensive improvement to your home.

What is the condition of your driveway? Many driveways in our area have a tendency to turn dark gray or even black in some cases over the years. A good power washing will bring the concrete to life. It will turn from dark gray or black to a beautiful gray almost as bright as brand-new concrete.

It should go without saying, but you should always keep your front lawn well-groomed during the spring and summer especially if your home is on the market. There is nothing that detracts more from the curb appeal of your home than a lawn that is overgrown and not well manicured. You should also maintain the landscaping. Make sure that shrubs are trimmed and well manicured. Make sure that you mulch the landscaping to give it a fresh new look. You should choose flowers and plants that bloom at different times of the year for your landscaping. This will give your landscaping a year-round appeal.

And finally, consider staging your porch. It is well-known that staging of the home when it is put on the market is an advantage which brings a quicker sale at a higher price. If you have a front porch, it is important to make it feel inviting and to look attractive. An outdoor rug is an added touch that makes your front porch have a homey feel. Adding some decorative touches also adds to the overall attractiveness of the porch.

It is commonly agreed by most real estate professionals that placing your home on the market during the spring gives you the most advantage because the spring and summer months are the best time to sell a home. Taking just a few steps that we have outlined here to improve the curb appeal of your home is relatively inexpensive and will cause prospective buyers to want to enter your home to see the inside.

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