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Question DetailsAsked on 6/6/2012

What's the best relatively affordable (under $2K) home improvement to improve curb appeal or resale value?

My wife and I have been thinking about investing in a pretty extensive paver patio to increase our home's curb appeal and resale value (and, of course, to use & enjoy over the summer). However, I'm wondering if we'd be better off investing in replacing our somewhat dilapidated garage door or installing a new front entry door before we invest in a "life" type home improvement. Any ideas?

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If you plan to stay in the house for a few more years, then get a patio that you will use and enjoy during those years. But if you are getting the house ready to sell now, don't bother.

To improve curb appeal, first look at your home with a critical buyer's eye. Look for all those small repairs that get overlooked -- anything small that is delapidated or broken can make a buyer worry about how well you have maintained the property in general. Put a nice layer of mulch around your foundation plantings. Pull weeds and trim hedges. Fix any cracks in the walk or stairs. Make sure your doorbell works. Put a brighter bulb in your front entry light, and make sure there are no dead bugs in it. Replace any cracked or discolored siding. Scrape any peeling paint. Repair or replace any torn window screens. Powerwash your driveway and front walk; throughly wash the front door and surround to remove all dirt and grime.

Next, look at updating anything delapidated. But you might not be able to replace your front entry door and your garage door for less than $2K total. You might just need to repaint the garage door, and get a tune-up for the opener. Your front entry door could look great with a cheery coat of red paint and some new brass hardware.

And don't forget the easiest, quickest way to increase curb appeal -- flowers! A couple of large, attractive pots of colorful scented flowers by the front door can make a tremendous difference.

Answered 8 years ago by BeckyZoole


The best answer begins with curb appeal. Paint the front door,, a Chinese Red or Salem Blue or harmonic color to your exterior. Install plastic shutters from big box (Lowes Menard's etc) perhaps curved top with raised panel on top 1/2 and louvres on bottom in a coordinated color to home exterior. Put up new exterior lighting same sources. Perhaps motion detector for security. Get a theme brass, steel etc and match lights an hardware and new address #'s. Install a garage door (s) insultate if in cold climate, forgo the inset windows unless light in garage is an issue. Plant good baby plants & perhaps trees if staying.
Good Luck an always ask whats the cost, what's the benefit.


Answered 8 years ago by jccasper

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