When you’re looking to sell your home, one of the most important factors to consider and work on is curb appeal. The nicer your home looks in pictures, the more likely it’ll be that someone will want to snatch it up, so you want to make sure you do everything you can to make sure your home’s real estate value is as high as possible.
According to HouseLogic.com, some of the most valuable home exterior remodels include roofing, a new garage door and vinyl windows.
Probably the most obviously cost-efficient remodel you could perform on the home you’re trying to sell is replacing or updating the roof. Aside from simply power washing the sides and planting a garden, it’s the most visible change you can make to the exterior, and it actually adds a ton of value to the property, especially if it’s been around for a while.
According to HomeAdvisor, a new roof can increase the resale value of your home by $12,000 on average. A roofing update will also guarantee a passing grade on your home inspection and can insulate the inside of your home better than before. Additionally, and obviously, a new roof will also make the place look much better, no matter how old the current roof is. People like new-looking stuff.
New garage door
The same goes for updating your garage door. It’s probably another very visible part of your home, depending on where on the house your garage sits. If you have a front-facing garage with a driveway leading straight to the street, there’s a good chance your neighbors see your garage door every day. So why not keep it updated and looking sharp, especially if you’re selling?
Fixing your garage door has the same pros as fixing your roof, for the most part. In fact, according to Clopay’s website, the update practically pays for itself with the resale value difference. It can also keep your garage safer from the elements because the older something is, the worse it works. And, of course, a brand-new, clean garage door is such a positive visual addition to any home.
Vinyl windows were developed in the 70s as a cheaper alternative to wood windows, which had been pretty much the only choice until then. During those 40 years, vinyl windows grew in popularity and they now co-dominate the window ‘market.’ While their popularity is mostly due to the low cost, vinyl windows have other good qualities, too.
For example, their frames are great at insulating your home, saving you even more money, this time on the electric bill. These windows also require significantly less maintenance than their wooden counterparts; there’s no painting or scraping needed with vinyl frames. One drawback is that they don’t last nearly as long as wood windows, but that’s not terribly surprising considering wood windows have been around for so long. There must be a reason for that, and it’s got to be their durability, right?
Anyway, vinyl windows may not last as long as wood ones, but they will last around 20 years and, again, they’re still going to be cost-efficient when it comes time to replace them. You might also prefer vinyl frames depending on your aesthetic preference.