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Posted by WCKG on Thursday, October 5, 2017
Curb appeal is still important even when selling a home in the fall! Be sure to rake leaves, trim bushes, and try putting potted mums on the front porch. If the front door needs it, give it a fresh coat of paint so it is the focal point of the front of the home. Try hanging a fall wreath, power wash the exterior, clean the windows, etc. Taking steps to improve your home’s curb appeal will ensure it gives a great first impression to potential buyers.
Although it’s after the summer rush, Autumn is a great time to sell your home! Check out these fall selling tips to get your home sold this upcoming season!
- Clean the fireplace: Be sure to clear away any cobwebs and to clean out the fireplace so it shows well. Stage it with logs or try putting candles or other items inside the fireplace instead.
- Spruce up the yard: Take care of dead leaves and trim trees and bushes as needed. Trim away dead flowers and other summer vegetation and consider putting potted mums or marigolds on the front porch to add some curb appeal.
- Give the HVAC system some attention: Make sure the furnace filter is replaced if needed so that when the furnace is in use the air is fresh. If it’s been awhile since the system has been cleaned and serviced it may be a good time to get routine maintenance done.
- Let the sunshine in: All of the wind and rain from the summer months makes for dirty windows once autumn comes along. Clean the windows inside and out to let more light into your home and to brighten up spaces.
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- Switch the plates: Update switch plate and outlet covers.
- Make touch ups: Touch up scratched baseboards, window and door trim, and marks on the wall that won’t go away.
- Change out hardware: Putting in new drawer pulls and knobs can give a room an inexpensive face lift. Home improvement stores have a wide variety of inexpensive hardware to choose from.
- Update the mailbox: Give an old mailbox a makeover by scrubbing it down and then spray painting it, either the same color or a new hue.
- House numbers: Switch out your old house numbers for new ones to create a custom look. Some numbers are peel and stick and others need to be nailed in. There are different material choices such as wood, plastic, brass, stainless steel, etc. Expect to spend about $6-$30 a number.
- Toilet seat: A new toilet seat can instantly improve the look of your bathroom without spending a lot.
- Declutter: Spending 15 minutes a day decluttering a room can really make a huge difference in your home. Start in the kitchen by clearing off your refrigerator door and watch your kitchen instantly look cleaner. Put mail and other paperwork in labeled boxes with lids or other organizers; put school supplies in caddies, etc.
When thinking about doing a home improvement project to your home, do you ever wonder what your return may be? The Remodeling Cost Vs. Value Report from Illinois Realtor Magazine lays out what type of return you can expect on your projects:
- Replacing the garage door: 83%
- Steel entry door replacement: 82.5%
- Attic bedroom: 81%
- Wood deck addition: 78%
- Minor kitchen remodel: 76%
- Wood window replacement: 74%
- Vinyl window replacement: 73%
- Vinyl siding replacement: 73%
- Composite deck addition: 69%
- Fiberglass entry door replacement: 66.8%
Curb appeal is so important because it is the first impression that people have of your home. Here are some ideas to improve your home’s curb appeal, especially if you are thinking of putting your home on the market.
- Give the front door and shutters a fresh new coat of paint. Either go with a traditional hue such as black, white, grey, navy blue, etc. or try a trendier shade. Check out Arsenic by Farrow & Ball (a blue/green), Sunburst by Benjamin Moore (yellow), Evening Sky by Benjamin Moore (deep blue), Folly Green by Farrow & Ball, Hampshire Rocks by Benjamin Moore (gray), etc. Just be sure to check with your HOA if you have one to get permission before painting if needed.
- Install a new mailbox
- Plant trees, shrubs, and flowers
- Put up new address numbers
- Invest in new outdoor lights
- Paint your garage door if needed
- Power wash the exterior, siding, and walkways
- Perform any necessary maintenance on fences
- Repair or replace the roof if it is needed
- Clean dirty windows; unclean windows really do detract from the appeal of a home’s exterior
- Replace any rotted wood
- Replace any missing siding
- Once it’s warmer outside, keep bushes and shrubs trimmer and the lawn watered and mowed
1. Improve curb appeal: The curb appeal of a home is the first impression that buyers see; make sure the lawn is mowed and that porches, exterior walls and the driveway is clean.
2. Invest in small upgrades: Making small upgrades to a home can be a great idea before selling but be careful about spending too much money. Overhauling the entire kitchen may not pay off in the end, but making small improvements such as changing out the kitchen faucet or putting new knobs on the cabinets can go a long way.
3. Depersonalize: Remove family photos (at least some of them), take down eccentric art, and repaint any spaces that have loud colors on the wall. The goal is for the buyer to visualize the space as their own.
4. Price your home appropriately: It’s imperative to price your home correctly; too low and you will leave money behind, too high and your home could sit on the market. It’s important to work with your Realtor to come up with the best price for your home.
5. Sell at the right time: Usually spring is prime home buying season; the weather is nice and families with kids are able to move before summer break, allowing them to make a nice transition. Although plenty of home buyers are out shopping year round, it’s a good idea to have your home market ready by spring.