Home Pros Real Estate Group
Sandy Boswell, Home Pros Real Estate GroupPhone: (915) 630-5725
Email: [email protected]

5 Interesting Ways to Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal

by Sandy Boswell 01/05/2020

Image by Pexels from Pixabay

You’re getting ready to put your house on the market and scurrying to make everything look perfect for potential buyers. While it’s important to focus on readying your home’s interior for viewing, remember not to neglect your exterior. According to some estimates, 81% of real estate agents believe curb appeal is one of the primary ways to attract a buyer.

Keeping the lawn tidy, manicuring bushes, removing yard clutter, and ensuring exterior paint sparkles are things you'll want to do. Here are five additional ways to make your home’s exterior pop.

Install Gutter Covers

Gutter covers serve a practical purpose by ensuring gutters are clear of debris to prevent breakage or destruction caused by backed up water, but they can also provide an attractive exterior accent. Modern covers come in different designs and colors to add an attractive feature to your home. (Bonus: Many buyers might find the idea of low-maintenance gutters appealing!)

Seal the Driveway

Maintaining a driveway is one of those items many people forget to tick off on their to-do list. A dirty or cracked driveway might immediately bias a potential buyer, but a newly sealed and crisp-looking driveway can go a long way towards grabbing their attention.

Add ‘Green’ Highlights

Today’s consumers actively seek to go green. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 68% of buyers seek environmentally-friendly homes (even if they don’t want to pay extra for them). Adding exterior improvements to your home can give it a “green” feel.

  • Install solar lighting: These aren’t as elusive as they once were, you can buy solar lighting at your local big box store or warehouse to use along patio borders or integrated into your landscape.
  • Add a sustainable garden: Gardens are always a nice touch and low-maintenance sustainable gardens are a plus. (Consider installing a barrel to collect rainwater to water your garden to further increase your home’s “green” appeal).
  • Replace windows and doors: Adding attractive Energy Star certified windows and doors are appealing perks and, while costly, bring a strong ROI in resale.
  • Giving your home environmentally-conscious features and "feel" adds curb appeal and, depending on the improvements made, also enhances its value.

    Add New Door Hardware

    Buyers greeted at the door with a dingy outdated doorknob will have a different reaction than if met with a brand-new shiny one. Adding new front door hardware is a great way to bring a more inviting feel to your home as buyers arrive. Best of all, replacing it is an inexpensive and easy DIY fix.

    Ditch Concrete Walkways

    Traditional concrete walkways are considered retro. If yours are looking outdated, you can make appealing improvements by investing in stamped concrete, stone or reclaimed brick walkways to replace older ones.

    According to Remodeling Magazine, nine of the top 10 home improvements to increase a home’s value are exterior upgrades. First impressions matter. If you can “wow” a buyer before they even step in the door, you’ve got a far better chance of receiving your asking price.

    About the Author
    Author

    Sandy Boswell

    Hi, I'm Sandy Boswell and I'd love to assist you. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my real estate experience to work for you.

    I have been a real estate agent since 1998. I have been a multi-million dollar producer most of my years in real estate. I have earned the CRS, GRI, and ABR designations and am a member of the Greater El Paso Association of Realtors, the Rotary Club of West El Paso, the Texas Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and I serve a board member of the Paseodel Este MUD 3.

    Having lived In El Paso for most of my life, I attended local schools and graduated from Texas Western College. I received my Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. I taught in the public schools for eighteen years before becoming a realtor.

    My family consists of a daughter, Kimberly, and a son, Brent, and their spouses and three amazing grandsons, Joshua, Jeremy, and Ben.

    I enjoy working with both sellers and buyers and hope to make their real estate experiences both enjoyable and profitable.El Paso TX Real Estate, Sandy Boswell, Home Pros Real Estate Group My goal is to have a long list of satisfied clients whom I can work with for many years.

    HOW I CAN HELP YOU

    Why should I choose Sandy to be my Realtor?

    I have been a real estate agent in El Paso, TX since 1998. I have earned my CRS, ABR, and GRI designations. I enjoy working with first-time home buyers as well as more experienced clients. I know the El Paso housing market and am anxious to find the perfect home for you. Be sure to review the reactions of some of my satisfied clients when you return to my home page.

    How can I help you sell your home?

    Since Price is the reason homes do or don’t sell. I will compose a complete analysis of what has sold in your area, what is on the market, and what did not sell in order to help you determine the best listing price for your home. I will help you prepare your home for the market and publicize it in various places on the web as well as in local publications. I will guide you through the selling process and help you negotiate all offers so that you choose the best one for you.

    Why should I use you to help me buy a home?

    First, it costs you nothing to use a Realtor; the sellers are offering to pay an agent a commission for bringing them a qualified buyer. Second, when you agree to work with me, you are not only getting my assistance, but also that of my company. I save you time and energy because I know the market and will work with other realtors to find you the home you want. I also work with lenders, title companies, inspectors, and repair people who give good service and good advice.

    Why should I get pre-qualified before I look for my new home?

    In order to be an informed buyer, you need to consult a lender and be aware of your financial position. When you know what you can afford, you are ready to look at homes in your price range and determine which one is right for you.