First impressions: for house hunters that obviously means curb appeal – what they see even before they get out of the car. According to the National Association of Realtors over 70 percent of homebuyers rate curb appeal as important.
These exterior improvements can range from adding seasonal shrubs to replacing that old mailbox, updating porch fixtures and giving the front door a fresh coat of paint.
Of course, the front yard should at least look clean and neat with the lawn mowed, trees trimmed, bushes pruned.
And if you’re painting the front door, maybe the whole house could use a new paint job.
New siding can really add value – and curb appeal – to a home. These days a durable fiber-cement mixture is suggested to replace old aluminum or vinyl siding. It is resistant to fire, moisture, rotting and even termites and should recoup nearly 90 percent of it’s cost at resale.
An important reminder – make sure to tell your insurance agent about these and all home improvements so that your policy accurately covers your upgrades.