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Curb Appeal To-Do List

by Jessica Nguyen 09/15/2019

When you first start creating the list of things you need to finish to get your home ready for sale, it can seem daunting. Too much work can throw you for a loop, and you might be tempted to sell your home "as-is" instead. However, just adding a bit of curb appeal can significantly increase the value of the property. You can crack down on that list by starting with these quick and easy items can you do on a weekend by yourself for under a hundred dollars.

Street Address Numbers

One of the easiest and least expensive curb appeal upgrades are new house numbers. You want buyers driving by to see the address easily, so go for clean large numerals that are easily visible on the side of your property. You can get brass or chrome numbers for a shiny effect, or you can get wooden numbers and paint them in the color of your choice. 

Front Door and Shutters

A new front door can give your entryway a sense of welcome. You can go for a new entry entirely to improve on the existing style of your home, or you can just try out a new paint job. If you have shutters, you can refresh the paint on those as well. Check with your local paint specialist to find out what kind of paint works best. Make sure you double-check the material your door is made of before you start, or you could end up with just a peeling mess on your hands. For the best look, make sure you tape off any windows and fixtures and then clean up any remaining paint after its all dry. 

Outdoor Lighting

You don't need to replace your outdoor lights to make a difference, but you do need to give them a good shine. Take them all apart and remove the dust and bugs that build up under the glass. Switch out your light bulbs for brand new LEDs that will be brighter and better for your electrical bill. If you want to make some changes, outdoor lighting can be purchased and hung yourself for relatively cheap at your local lighting or home improvement store. If you're going to install new light fixtures, be sure to turn off the electricity at the breaker box before you start.

Landscaping

Get your whole family together for this one and start by picking any weeds and removing any dead leaves, branches, and other plant matter. Your kids may want to claim some of it for leaf-jumping piles, but make sure to clean up those piles after they have their fun. Clean up your lawn or replace a dried-out lawn with an alternate material such as mulch that is easier to take care of regularly.

Talk to your real estate agent about the best curb appeal upgrades for your home, so that you spend your money in the right place.

About the Author
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Jessica Nguyen

  Jessica Nguyen has been a trusted realtor for more than a decade, relying on her extensive knowledge of the San Diego region, where she has spent most of her life. Clients appreciate her effortless ability to cater to their preferences, while she works diligently to find them an ideal investment or home. 

    The UCSD alumni is a first-generation Vietnamese-American. Fleeing Vietnam on a boat with her family and growing up with financial and cultural struggles, Jessica understands the importance of having a strong work ethic. Being a single mother to a special needs child, she knows the challenges that many families face and is passionate about truly helping people. 

    Jessica's goal is to establish lifelong relationships with all of her clients, putting their needs first. She prides herself on telling them the truth, however it may jeopardize a transaction. Most clients have relied on Jessica's services multiple times, enthusiastically referring her to friends and family. 

    Jessica promises her clients the four Cs: confidentiality of their personal information; absolute confidence in getting the best deal as a buyer, seller or investor; her commitment to providing the best services; and honest, reliable communication every step of the way. In fact, she is so responsive that she agrees to pay clients $100 (through escrow credit) for every hour of delay beyond two hours, if she is unable to answer any calls or texts.

Jessica honors veterans, active military and their families and offers 5% of her commission to go towards their moving expenses.