Quarve Contracting
Monday 23 December 2013

Considering Selling Your Home? Curb Appeal Can Mean a Lot For a MN Home

Posted by at 9:00 AM

Even if  you're planning on staying in your home, it's a good idea to consider the impact of improvements on a possible sale of your home.  When it comes to selling a home, curb appeal is a big component. Curb appeal can be enhanced both with easy-to-handle DIY projects as well as those handled by a professional exterior home improvement contractor. And sale considerations aside, boosting the curb appeal of your home might just add to your own enjoyment of it.  Imagine how good it would feel to drive up to the most attractive house on the block! Small things on the outside of the home such as a freshly-painted front door, cut lawn or just picking up outside can make a huge difference to those who come to look at your home (whether they're buyers or guests). A lot of buyers check out the home online before they decide to move forward with checking it out in person or not, and the trick of this to ensure that the seller captures the curb appeal in the pictures that they show on the internet. Professional photographers are able to capture this for them, but they can only do so much with what they've got to work with.  If your home is unappealing, even the best photograph won't do much to change that. Once you grab the buyers' attention and they want to see the home, you have to make sure that the curb appeal in reality lives up to the photos.  Having a horrible outside of the home is going to make them turn away as quickly as they came. You want to ensure that the entryway to your home is cleared out and set up nicely, since this is the critical time when the buyers are thinking of reasons why they should not be purchasing the home from you. This is the time when they take in every little detail to the maximum level.  Aside from the small obvious stuff like cleaning up the cobwebs, the yard and any debris throughout it, you should also think about repairing visible items  as well.  The general rule is to work from the outside in, starting with the side of the home that faces the street.  Even the smaller things such as screens should be repaired before having potential buyers on the lot. Clean up the asphalt driveway, siding, sidewalks and so on to create a beautiful scene where buyers can see themselves living. Some homeowners choose to freshen up their homes with a new coat of paint, but replacing the siding and trim are great ideas to incorporate if the wood is in poor shape anyway. You can also update smaller features throughout the inside of the home such as the fixtures and such. Change out the lighting features and so forth but the outside of the home is what they are going to notice first and when their impression is going to be made. You'll want to speak with the contractor and real estate agent that you're working with in order to find out if these smaller projects are worth it and if you're going to see a return on the investment. You want these small things to actually look like they came with the house and not like they are out of place. Any additions that are made should flow smoothly with the rest of the home.  Also, you'll want to make sure that improvements you make are not out of line with comparable homes in your area.  By doing this, you're able to add to the curb appeal that goes with the home to up the value of it without overdoing it.  If you're working with a real estate professional, they are able to direct you where you need to go when it comes to smaller projects that need to be done. Having curb appeal is one of the biggest things to have when it comes to selling your home. You want the audience to be big so you can get the most out of the home that you've lived in and now want to move from. Quarve offers a variety of exterior home improvement services to give your home an exterior makeover, such as the doors, siding, roofing and windows to provide that added curb appeal that you're after for your MN home, whether you're selling it now, or sometime down the road.