As a carpenter I frequently get called in to assist in this process. Here’s what I’ve gleaned over the years:
Fix The Structural Issues First: This is the number one thing buyers look, it’s also the biggest turn off to a home for sale.
Tips To Increase Curb Appeal:
1. replace or restore your front door:
The front door is the very first thing people see. Research has shown that a new front door can have 100 to 130% percent return on investment [ROI]
2. Replace or paint the siding:
again, this is one of the first things people see from the street as they approach. Installing a quality exterior siding or renewing the existing one with a coat of fresh paint gives you an 80% ROI.
3. Install better flooring or refinish the existing hardwood floors:
Hard surfaces are always better than carpet as they look better, wear better and are easier to maintain. People love hardwood floors.
4. Dining rooms are out!
Large multi-purpose living areas are in. People gravitate to the kitchen when at other people home. A large open floor plan that incorporates the kitchen, living and entertainment areas all fair well.
5. Update or remodel baths:
Bathroom remodels and upgrades, while not exactly top on the ROI list it does help sell the house.
Projets that help curb appeal are:
- Replacing appliances
- Landscaping the yard
- Replacing decking on a deck
- laminate flooring
Projects that have a decent ROI :
- 83% ROI - Attic – room conversion
- 80% ROI - Wood deck
- 78% - Cosmetic kitchen upgrade
- 80% - Vinyl siding
- 71% - Master bath improvements