Evaluating Your Home to Sell: Exterior of Your House
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Evaluating Your Home to Sell: Exterior of Your House

Do you have an attractive front door? Is the door handle and lock bright and shiny, or tarnished and dilapidated looking? Are there cobwebs hanging around your front entrance? What about the door light? Is it attractive?
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Should I refurbish my front windows?

Few people think about the windows on their house, unless they're broken. Of course, if they're broken (or if the screens are), it goes without saying that you should fix them. But, just as windows are your eyes onto the world outside your home, so too are they what strangers (buyers) look into when they first see your home. Therefore, it's wise to always leave the shades up and the curtains spread apart so potential buyers can see in and get a taste of what to expect inside. It's also a good idea to be sure the windows are spotless, clean both in and out. And finally, it's worth considering the overall appearance of the windows themselves. If your home is over 10 years old, chances are you have aluminum or metal flashing. Or if you have wood, it's taken some wear. On the other hand, almost all modern homes use vinyl windows or aluminum and wood. In short, if the front windows on your house make it look old and dates, it may be time to do something about them. Of course, the easiest thing to do is to paint the flashing. This works particularly well if it's wood. On the other hand, sometimes the only way to make a really good impression is to replace those old windows with modern ones. Many companies, such as Milgard, offer retrofit windows which can be popped into place with a few hours' work. They are, however, somewhat expensive, costing anywhere from $300 to $500 apiece, depending on size. And, of course, for energy efficiency you'll want to double-pane and low-E (high insulation value). Yes, it costs a bit of money, but buyers today are savvy and they know the difference. (Which if you can afford it, means that it will help to replace the windows throughout the rest of the house as well.)

Does the rest of the exterior of my house need work?

Do you have an attractive front door? Is the door handle and lock bright and shiny, or tarnished and dilapidated looking? Are there cobwebs hanging around your front entrance? What about the door light? Is it attractive? These are not questions that I'm asking... they're the questions that buyers will ask... and as a consequence that you should answer. By all means, if possible, paint or stain your front door. Put on new door handles. Buy a new front door light. Clean up the front entrance of your house. After all, this is the gate to your castle. And if your castle has an ugly outside gate, what will people think of the interior?

 

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I will be able to use these when I sell my home.Thank you for your wise tips.Promoted.

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