Most renting and buying and decision are made in the car as prospective customer drives by. Exterior painting is one of the most productive jobs on the fix-up list. It’s not unusual to spend $1000 painting and get back $10,000 or more in added sale profits. You’re accomplishing high leverage fix-up when you can spend one dollar… and get ten dollars back!
Also yard work really important here! These outside improvements I’m suggesting are not using very much of your fix-up budget. You can really leverage your fix-up plan with plain old “Grunt Work”. That’s my term for non-skilled labor. But, believe me, it counts just as much as the higher skilled stuff when it comes to making a bottom-line profit. Its these drive-bys or quick-peeks where you’ll make a sale or lose it.
If your property doesn’t show well on the outside, most folks will simply assume it looks the same way on the inside! This is why I always advise students to concentrate out-side before they start on the inside. Many, properties get passed over by renter or buyer because are they judge solely on looks! They can’t see beyond the beyond the ugliness.