What do PVC railings and porch columns have to do with selling your home? A lot, as it turns out.
Home remodelling costs have plunged in the past few years. So has the ROI associated with many of those projects. However, there are some projects that continue to pay off more than others.
Curb Appeal Improvements Bring Greater Returns
Experts agree that outdoor improvements are among the top projects leading to a higher resale value. They are ranked alongside an updated kitchen and bath when it comes to what home buyers look for in a not-so-new home.
A rebounding real estate market and low interest rates are good news if youâ€™re looking to reinvest in your home by remodelling. If youâ€™ve been putting it off for a while but are considering putting your house on the market soon, now is the time to get the most bang for your buck.
This is especially true if youâ€™re considering a curb appeal makeover in the form of new PVC railings, low maintenance porch columns, balustrades, trellises, pergolas or other elements that improve the first impression your home creates.
There is no better time to reinvest in the exteriors of your home and see the results. Buyers who are wary of older homes are usually concerned about maintenance. They worry about how theyâ€™ll care for cracked wooden porch columns and rotting railings. Even if they like your home and love the neighborhood, they will still tread carefully, knowing that they may have their work cut out for them once they move in. They hesitate. They reconsider. They are likely to move on to a newer home with lesser perceived headaches…unless you can persuade them otherwise.
One of the most effective ways to do this is to take care of their worries, preemptively.
Improve curb appeal with these low maintenance additions
Replace those old, cracked wooden porch columns with strong and durable fiberglass columns or PVC column wraps. Ensure deck railings, balustrades and newel posts look good as new. The same goes with other landscape features such as trellises. The vinyl versions stay beautiful longer and donâ€™t need periodic treatment.
Keep pests and rodents out of your homeâ€™s foundation space with high quality crawl space doors. Thereâ€™s nothing worse than having these creatures make their presence felt as your prospective buyer tours your home. Good dormer doors and crawl space doors can have a big impact on your energy bills and slash those numbers.
Spending a little money on these curb appeal improvements will go a long way in improving your homeâ€™s resale value and attracting buyers.
When it comes to selling your not-so-new home in this economy or at any time for that matter, the mantra is clear. Be prepared to reinvest and remodel in the right places.