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5 Affordable Tips to Boost Curb Appeal

Aug 5 2015

A potted plant here. A power wash there. Trimming or replacing overgrown hedges and trees. A few simple changes to your front yard can yield dramatic results, without breaking the bank, say the experts.

Those changes may pay off nicely if you plan to sell your home. According to the National Association of Realtors®, exterior improvements pay you back more than 75 percent of their cost upon resale, the highest return on improvement (ROI) the organization tracks.

To demonstrate how even simple changes can boost a property’s sizzle factor, Fannie Mae challenged its HomePath® real estate agents selling modest two- and three-bedroom homes in Florida to share “before” and “after” photos on improvements made on a budget. (Fannie Mae also publishes The Home Story.)

“We strive [to] improve the front of all of our properties,” explains Bobbi Jo Johnson, the repairs manager with Horizon Palm Realty Group in Spring Hill.

“People are more likely to buy clean, tidy homes, with an inviting front area and well-maintained yard,” she notes.

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