Easy Home Touch-ups for Home Sellers

Planning to sell a home in spring? Prepare now for the crucial job of luring home shoppers. Homes that look loved and well-maintained get more attention — and first impressions matter: Most buyer makes their buying decision as they are coming up the front walk or walking through the front door.

These six quick, budget-minded projects help boost your home’s curb appeal. Each takes a weekend at most, and starting early gives you time to prepare for your home sale.

1. Pressure-wash the siding - A home and its porch, decks, steps and walks shine bright after you’ve sluiced away winter grit, dead bugs and cobwebs. Choose a washer setting powerful enough to blast mold and sludge but not so strong it lifts paint or splinters wood.

2. Primp the porch - Did you realize that your home’s entry is a test?  Buyers figure that If they can’t keep up the outside of the house, what are they hiding on the inside? Clean up your porch by removing household clutter and adding a pot of flowers or greenery.

3. Clean exterior windows - It’s easier than you’d think. Use an exterior window cleaning product that attaches to a hose, shoot the solution on exterior glass, then follow with a spray of clean water. Then let the glass dry or squeegee it.

4. Repaint the front door - Your home’s focal point is the front door. Repainting with a premium one-coat exterior house paint pays off in time and effort saved, because it needs no priming. A semi-gloss finish lets you wipe off smudges. Avoid high-gloss paint, which reveals imperfections. Consult your paint store or department for color advice and samples.

5. Update house numbers - New numbers are eye-catching. Go big and bold, at least 5 inches tall. Decide where to place them by standing at the street and imagining you’re searching for your house.

6. Clean or replace porch lights - New porch lights run as little as less than $30 each. Consider a contemporary finish, such as black, brushed nickel or oiled brass. On a budget? Use restoring wipes like those made by Rust-Oleum or Rejuvenate to renew oxidized, faded or dirty metal, resin and hard surfaces.