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According to the National Association of Realtor, over 5 million existing homes were sold in 2013. If you're trying to sell your home, and are worried about the competition, chances are you're looking for a few simple ways to help your property stand out. Your home's exterior will make a lasting impression on potential home buyers, but before you start ripping off siding and pricing a new roof, there are more cost-effective options. Here are a few simple ways to upgrade your home's exterior that can help you attract buyers:
Your Front Door
An often overlooked, although vital, feature of your home's exterior is something that can be inexpensively upgraded or replaced: the front door. If your door is badly damaged or outdated, replacing it is the best option.
If you decide to shop for a new front door, home improvement guru Bob Vila recommends considering your home's architecture and the door's style and construction material when making your choice at The Door and Window Store. For example, if your home is older or features classic architectural details, a wood door is the best option.
Aside from complementing your home's exterior features, according to Bob Vila, wood is a durable material that will last for decades.
However, if you don't have the budget for a wood door, fiberglass is your next best option. These doors are available in a wide variety of sizes, style and colors and are often more durable than steel and wood.
Refinishing a wood door that is sturdy and aesthetically pleasant or unique is another option that can save you even more money. If you have the time and skills necessary to complete this task, the best place to begin is with a rag and soapy water.
Clean off the exterior door before covering anything you don't want to paint, such as a window or the doorknob, with painter's tape. A coat of exterior primer followed by at least two coats of exterior paint can help bring your older front door back to life! Just make sure you choose a color that buyers of all kinds will appreciate, such as a classic shade of red, blue or green.
Upgrade the Trim
Another inexpensive feature that will make your home's exterior stand out from the competition is trim, particularly the trim found around your doors and windows.
If your home doesn't feature any trim, there are many options to choose from. For example, wooden trim is a great option because it's inexpensive, easy to install and can be painted to match your home's exterior. Cellular PVC is another great choice because it's also easy to install and a great selling point because it's more durable than treated or untreated wood.
Whether you're installing new trim or painting your existing product, don't forget to keep your home's other exterior features in mind. For example, choosing a color that complements your home's roofing material can provide a great focal point, especially if the siding is faded or worn.
Examine Your Windows
Replacing all the windows in your home with top of the line, double-hung product is a great selling point, but if you simply don't have the money in your budget, there are other options. For example, if you have windows that are still sturdy, but the glass is broken, having the panes replaced is an inexpensive option.
Replacing or upgrading the windows near the front entrance and sliding glass doors leading to your outdoor space is another, more cost-effective option that potential buyers will notice and appreciate.
While constructing a rehab budget for your home, remember that when it comes to actually getting your home noticed and sold, making a great first impression is key. Replacing or painting the front door and trim and making sure all the windows are clean and look great are just a few of the simple things you can do to help sell you home much faster!Share
15 January 2015