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Boosting your home’s curb appeal doesn’t need to be a difficult or expensive task. Even the smallest upgrades or adjustments can boost your home’s value and aesthetic appeal, regardless of the architectural style or amount of space you have to work with. Some upgrades are well worth doing, even if you are not looking to sell your home. Refreshing your home’s exterior also provides an excellent opportunity to add a personal touch you can take pride in—without breaking the bank.
Here are 3 simple and low-cost ways to refresh your home exterior and improve curb appeal:
Replace and beautify house numbers
Think of your house numbers like a name tag for your home. Not only is this feature an essential identifier, but a perfect opportunity to upgrade your home’s appearance with little effort. Remove outdated styles or numbers that are difficult to see from a distance in favor of clean, eye-catching alternatives. Common materials for house numbers include brass, stainless steel and aluminum, but you may even find painted ceramic or treated wood as a more eclectic choice. You can either buy individual numbers or ready-made sets and all the installation materials you will need at your hardware store.
Clean and replace lighting
Ample lighting is crucial to making your home’s exterior and entryway inviting and safe. If you like the style of your current fixtures but want to improve their effectiveness and aesthetic, even a quick removal of dust and cobwebs can make an enormous difference. This way, your lights will seem brighter and brand new with no additional cost or installation. To take a lighting refresh to the next level, consider changing the style of your fixtures entirely. When choosing new lighting, keep in mind the style of your home and any existing hardware. Also, make sure you use the right bulbs! LED bulbs can save you money on your energy bill and are available in multiple wattages and styles in order to create the ideal entryway ambiance.
Paint your front door
Your front door is the gateway into your home and another important feature to consider upgrading. Brightly colored doors have become more and more popular over the years and have proven an excellent way to give your house a boost of character and curb appeal. While replacing a front door can be costly, painting your existing door can change the entire look and feel of your home exterior for a fraction of the price. Whether it’s red, blue, green, white or anything in between, choose a color that works best with your home’s existing color palette. That said, don’t be afraid to go bold! The beauty of paint is that you can always choose another color if you change your mind.
There are a lot of details that go into giving a house great curb appeal. Luckily, this means that it only takes upgrading a few minor details to make a dramatic improvement. Since you can accomplish most upgrades yourself and on a budget, you will see big returns both on home value and personal satisfaction.
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Shopping for a new house can seem like an overwhelming experience because there are so many factors to consider.
The top priorities for the majority of house hunters include the quality of the school district, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and the overall condition of the house. Price is also a major consideration, as is square footage, commuting distance, and the character of the neighborhood.
In many cases, house hunters have specific requirements in mind, ranging from privacy to the layout of the rooms.
Although your search will be much more efficient if you know exactly what you want, the process of looking at houses will help you clarify your preferences, needs, and design ideas for your next home. Touring houses online and browsing home decorating websites can give you a lot of useful ideas, but nothing compares to actually visiting houses and taking a close look at everything the property has to offer.
Working with an experienced real estate agent is often the best way to find a home that checks off most of your priority items and meets your expectations. Searching the real estate market on your own is like going on a self-guided tour of a large historical site or tourist attraction. Without expert guidance, you could easily overlook some of the best aspects of the property, and you could also miss some "red flags" and negotiating opportunities that only a trained real estate professional could recognize.
Other than price, location, size, and property condition, what are other key features you might want to keep your eye out for? Everyone has different priorities and "wish lists," but when you know what you want, you'll be a lot more likely to be satisfied with the outcome! While there is no shortage of house hunting checklists online, here's a quick overview of some of the features and property characteristics you'll want to keep in mind.
Although you'll generally want to have a home inspector take a close look at any home you've made an offer on, there are a few key things you can notice before you even get to that stage. The condition of interior walls, the roof, and basement are three areas worth paying close attention to. Wet basements are not uncommon, but they can cause damage to your foundation and many things you might want to store there. Wet basements are also breeding grounds for mold spores, so a chronically wet basement can potentially be hazardous to your health, too -- especially if you or your family is prone to allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. The Environmental Protection Agency is a good source of information on indoor air quality issues.
There are literally dozens of other details you'll want to pay attention to in prospective homes, including amount of storage space, the size of the back yard, privacy -- or the lack, thereof -- the house's distance from the street and other houses, the neighborhood noise level, the amount of street traffic, the reputation of nearby schools, and convenience to shopping centers, medical facilities, transportation, recreation, and entertainment. Other desirable features include a nice patio or deck, a garage, a fully functional HVAC system, updates to bathrooms and the kitchen, and enough room in the house for your growing family, overnight guests, and the occasional holiday party.
When you’re buying or selling a home, you may hear the terms, “assessed value” and “market value.” There are few things that you should know about these terms. First, they cannot be used interchangeably. The assessed value is generally much less than the market value. If you’re buying a home, you probably would rather see the assessed value of the home as a price! If you’re selling, the same holds true for the market value of the home for you.
Market Value Is Used Differently Than Assessed Value
The market value is how much your home is worth on the market currently. The definition is exactly as the term sounds the home is looked at by an assessor and given a value. The assessed value is used to determine property taxes, among other things. As you can imagine, the assessed value can become a point of contention for many homeowners especially when it comes to paying their tax bills. Many homes end up being assessed at a higher price than their current value, bringing tax bills to higher levels. The market value is what the home will sell for when it is listed for sale.
Be careful when searching for a home to buy. Many sites list the assessed value along with the price of the home or estimated market value of the home. You don’t want to get these numbers confused when budgeting and searching for the perfect house.
If you’re getting ready to sell your home, pay little attention to the assessed value of the home. That is not what your home will sell for.
The market value is a good reason to hire a realtor to help you sell your home. Realtors are experts in finding the market values of homes. They will even do something called a CMA (comparative market analysis) for you to help you determine the right price for your home to sell at. This is where comparable properties in the area are examined for their selling prices and all the perks of your home and neighborhood are considered. The market value is determined by the price of the homes that have recently been sold in the area based on the location of the home and how close it is to certain amenities like schools, parks, and the probability of future construction.
Finally, know that the market value and the appraised value of a home have a lot to do with how much a lender will give you to buy the property. Every home that is being bought must go through an appraisal, to protect the lender from overpaying for a home.
Whether you’re buying or selling a home, knowing your value terms can really be a help in understanding the sweet spot for pricing a property