Tenants and buyers alike will judge your house exactly the same way they judge a book, by its cover! Knowing this fact about our customers can be worth thousands of dollars to you if you’ll apply it to your own fix-up strategy. It’s for this reason that I constantly instruct my readers to concentrate their main effort on fixing what shows
Exterior painting is among the highest ranking outdoor improvements because it can quickly and inexpensively change the looks and property image. For older houses with less than perfect exteriors, a light base color, such as off-white or beige, is recommended. Use a darker match color for the wood trim, facia boards, window surround and porches. On stucco houses, use the base color and a darker trim color for the woodwork. Painting is a very effective foo-foo technique because it covers up so many imperfections. In terms of payback, a new paint job can tack on 20 percent more value to a medium price house and sometimes double the price of a cheap one.
Picket fencing can return $10 for every one dollar spent. Tenants will always pay more for fencing because fences add privacy. Rear yards are converted to more usable space. Cook-outs, nude tanning, wading pools, clothes lines, storage and a place to keep Fido are some of the backyard uses that tenants are willing to pay extra to have.