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Outdoor renovation projects with the highest return on investment

Written by Emma Joyce

The real estate market is a whimsical creature, and homeowners looking to capitalize on their property know this all too well. Still, the fact that your home isn’t exactly an extra profit winner doesn’t have to get in the way of your dream sale figures if you know how to make the existing property features stand out. If you lack the know-how, here are a few exterior makeover tricks you can try when looking to upgrade your home’s marketability and value.

 

1. Brush up your garden act

Nothing can wreck positive first impressions like a shabby garden. To make sure potential buyers fall in love with your property even before they cross the doorstep, tidy up the front yard before the home tour, and throw away all scrap materials and other types of clutter that have no place in a lovely garden.  After you’ve cleaned up your yard, you can landscape it, plant flowers, re-sod the lawn, and add raised beds or potted plants to maximize interest and value of your yard. You can also wash and update the pathways and stepping stones, or even invest a part of the budget into new garden lighting.

 

2. A secure roof overhead

House hunters eager to put a roof over their family’s head know just how important roof quality is for the final home value. To hack your way to peak contract figures, check your roof, clean out the debris, and take care of any damage that might be lurking up there. On minimal budget, you can pressure-wash the roof, clear out blocked gutters, and repair leaking or rusty elements, but if you’re up for costlier projects, you can change the roof shape or re-coat it with fresh roofing. As you’re busying about the gutters, be sure to use modular scaffolding to avoid accidents and injuries that commonly occur when walking over slippery, worn, or old roofing.

 

3. Front door to super-sale

If your home’s entrance has seen better days, it would be a smart move to update it with a fresh paint coat – or replace it with a new door altogether. Repainting the front door is easy and cost-efficient, and it can increase the appeal of your property in the eyes of a potential buyer. Still, if you want to make best first impressions, you should consider investing in modern-looking front door and deck it with first-rate security devices. In general, PVC and glass-reinforced composite doors are the most affordable door replacement option, but timber and solid hardwood tend to make a better impression on homebuyers.

 

4. Go with fresh wall paint

A fresh exterior paint coat is the most affordable way to improve your property’s curb appeal so don’t forget to take care of the façade before you put your home up for sale. A freshly repainted exterior will give the viewer the impression your house is well-maintained from both the inside and the outside and it’ll win their approval and interest even before they get a chance to inspect the property up close. This year, winning façade paint combinations are on the dramatic end of the color spectrum but if you’re not a fan of tonal experiments, it’s best to stick to classic cream, grey, ivory, and white, just to play home exterior game safe.

 

5. Window into top profits

Windows are another aspect of your home that can make or break a positive first impression in a flash. These days, most homebuyers regard double- and triple-glazed windows with approval, and they will gladly pay a bit extra since they know that quality windows are a byword for long-term utility savings. On top of that, fresh window frame paint will add character to your house and help highlight its finest features. For this reason, window replacement is a profitable home improvement project that will pay off down the road in terms of both property value and DOM time.

 

There’s more to a piece of real estate than meets the eye, but first impressions matter for your property’s appeal and value in the eyes of a potential homebuyer. Don’t treat your home’s exterior lightly if you’re looking to bring peak sale profits home: instead, tie up loose ends on the perimeter and touch up your nest from both the inside and the outside before you put it up in the local listings. Good luck!

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