So, how to go about this? Here the ways to give your house a fresh new marketable look:
Replace or refinish your front door: When you first bought your house, you really loved that majestic wooden front door. But now it’s looking a little dull due to exposure to the Arizona sun. It needs to be sanded down and refinished. Consider changing the color of the stain for a whole new look to the front of your home! A new decent front door at a major hardware retailer is $500 to $1,000, which can bring back more than that in an offer on your property.
Replace the old hardware on your front door and possibly replace the lighting fixtures: Once you have that good as new door, you want to replace the old, chipped hardware as well. Don’t look for the cheapest door handle and deadbolt lock. And get one with a finish that will last a long time in the Arizona sun. As well, you need to match the light fixtures with the the door hardware.
New windows: If the windows in the front of your home are shabby, replace them as well. You don’t have to change every room in the house if you can’t afford it. Do the ones out front and do the rest later when your budget will allow it. Some studies show replacing all your windows with midrange aluminum-clad wood models can recoup most of that investment if you sell your house. And make those window vendors compete for your business. In this case, it pays to shop.
Install new outdoor lighting: Redo the lighting for your yard and the front of your house, preferably by installing new LED fixtures. Path lights with LED bulbs come with the bulbs inside just as halogen systems do. These lights are 2 watts each and give off about as much light as a 20-watt incandescent or halogen bulb. Using LEDs will cast a kind of warm glow that will make your home look more inviting. LEDs will cost more, but they will pay for themselves with the savings on electricity.
Cover an older home or the older part of the home with stucco: If you have a home built in the 1960s or 1970s with wood panel siding and brick or stone trim, you can get a completely new, desert-style look by covering the whole house with stucco. The siding and brick don’t have to be removed, but the vertical trim pieces that hold the siding together at corners and joints do have to be removed. Then the stucco is applied with pop-out trim framing around the windows.
Cars parked in the driveway. Nothing gives a bad impression to the curb appeal than a bunch of cars parked in the driveway. The driveway should be clear of cars, and the cars should be in the garage.
Richard Bazinet - Realty ONE Group - Phoenix Scottsdale Real Estate