Everyone loves summer and with good reason: after a long winter, the bright sunshine beckons young and old alike to sit by the pool, enjoy a little music, and soak in the warmth. Summer is also the most popular time to buy or sell a home; and by investing a little time and energy into these summer projects that sell, your home will look its best whether it goes on the market next week or next year.
Fencing: Families with pets, young children or those just seeking a little additional privacy will appreciate the functionality and appearance of an attractive sturdy fence. Major home centers sell everything required for the do-it-yourself type, including attractive, low-maintenance options. If your property is already fenced, take time to make sure it is well maintained. Replace bowed or split boards on a wooden fence. Replace any rusted or severely disfigured sections of wire/chain link fencing.
Outdoor Sanctuary: With a little creativity and a few hundred dollars, it is easy to turn a problem spot into the center of attention. Get creative with an easy to install garden pond, butterfly or flower garden, wind chime and outdoor seating. Consider adding a decorative fire-pit to encourage family time on those warm summer evenings. Sometimes an inexpensive arbor with pavers and seating can add privacy and charm to your back yard.
Update the Paint: Indoors or outdoors, painting is a simple way to give your home a fresh new look. If it has been more than five years since your home has had a fresh coat, you may want to consider painting a priority. If budget is a hindrance, at least freshen up the door and shutters. Straighten, fix or replace worn or sagging gutters.
The Driveway: Take a step back and evaluate the appearance of your driveway and walkways. Pressure washing both can make them look like new. Fill cracks which would be a negative to would-be buyers. If portions have cracked and dropped, consider getting them “lifted” by a contractor using a fascinating injection process.
But don’t just stop there: concrete stains and unique drive-way art are other popular options designed to attract attention. Just be sure to keep them neutral.