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10 Ways to Enhance Your Curb Appeal for your San Diego Home for Sale

When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal matters more than anything! According to NAR (the National Association of Realtors), 63% of homebuyers will come view a home after seeing one they like online. That means they will drive by the property to develop a first impression. If your home isn’t appealing at first glance, you won’t expect to hear from them. To make sure your home has a good first impression, find out the top 10 ways to enhance your curb appeal for your San Diego home for sale.

1. Your Curb Appeal Begins Online

Over 88% of homebuyers begin their home search online, meaning, the photos of your home are critical for attracting buyers to your home. It’s wise to invest in professional photography and to find the perfect lighting and staging in your home to enhance the pictures even further. If you don’t have quality photos, it’s very likely many homebuyers will overlook your home. With quality photos, more people are going to be drawn in to actually view your home in person. This simple investment can make all the difference!

We suggest finding the time of day where there isn’t too much sunlight otherwise photos may have a glow effect. It’s been found that overcast days are actually good lighting days to shoot the inside of your home. Take a few test shots before your professional photographer arrives (if you have one) to see what you can do to enhance the photos. This may mean storing away some of your valuables or adding small touches throughout your home. Make sure your home is clean and doesn’t display any clutter.

2. Act Like You’re Buying Your Home

Take a walk in one of your potential buyer’s shoes and do a walkthrough of your own home. Pay attention to every detail that you would look for when buying a home for yourself. Bring a notepad and take notes about things you notice that you think other home buyers would notice. This will help you come up with a list of things that need to be repaired or cleaned before taking photos or hosting an open house.

3. Look Up!

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Many people don’t pay attention to their roof but it’s one of the most critical curb appeal items. If your roof is missing any shingles or it looks dingy or streaked, you might want to consider repairing your roof or cleaning it to make it look better. A clean or new roof will help enhance your curb appeal more than you would think!

4. Add New House Numbers

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Dirty, dingy or hard to read house numbers are a simple fix that has a huge impact. Browse online stores or take a trip to your local home store to find shiny new house numbers that are elegant and suit the style of your house. Simply install these to freshen up your curb appeal.

5. Ask Your Friends and Family for their Opinion

Just like you did a mock walk-through of your home like you were a home buyer, consider asking your friends and family to also do a walkthrough and to give you their notes at the end. They might catch cobwebs, cracked sidewalks, chipped paint and other details that take away from your home’s curb appeal. You can then reorganize your priority list of items that need to be repaired or cleaned.

6. Power Wash!

If you love watching power washing videos, you’re going to love this curb appeal tip. Borrow a pressure washer, rent one or purchase one and take it to the outside of your home. Pressure wash your deck, sidewalks, driveway and even the outside of your home if it’s dirty. This will help your home have a beautiful new and clean looking appearance that will really appeal to homebuyers. This will help remove any oil stains in your drive, dirt from sidewalks and the outside of your home and be a cost-efficient way to enhance your curb appeal.

7. Add Some Color to Your Yard

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Planting some new plants is a cost-effective and easy way to increase the curb appeal of your home. If you have empty flower pots around the yard, add some fresh soil and easy to care for plants. These will help spruce up your yard and give you an instant lift! Never plant any fake flowers or plants, this will turn buyers away.

8. Let There Be Light!

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Opening your blinds, shutters, and curtains is an easy way to bring in lots of natural light into your home. Homebuyers look for homes that are bright, clean and airy! Crack open a window and let there be a nice flow of fresh air (unless it’s cold or very hot outside). Make sure your home’s temperature is comfortable and the lighting helps showcase its best features.

9. Light Up the Outside

Light up the outside of your home or your landscaping with some cost-efficient solar-powered lights. These are easy to install and really make a difference when you need to highlight specific features of your home’s best qualities. Place these solar powered lights along pathways, throughout the landscaping or in places that are normally quite dark. A buyer will most likely drop by your home at night to see what it’s like and this can help persuade their interest in your home.

10. Finishing Touches to Enhance Your Curb Appeal

The last way to enhance your curb appeal is by doing some easy finishing touches. Repaint the front door, any trim on the outside and shutters if you have them. You can also replace your mailbox, add a new porch light fixture and add an inviting new welcome mat!

Need Help Selling Your Home?

Now that you know how to enhance your curb appeal, it’s time to find some San Diego real estate agents to help you make the sale. The Wolf Real Estate Team can help advise you on enhancing your curb appeal and all other factors that go into selling your home. We can help you sell your home in this competitive market so you can receive top dollar. Don’t wait, give us a call today or fill out our online contact form.

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Spring Home Improvements for your San Diego Home

Spring is in the air! In case you didn’t know, spring is symbolic for a time of rebirth and starting over. This is an idea you can carry over to the life of your home. Now that winter storms are on their way out, it’s time to start thinking about what home improvements you want to do this year. Whether you want to keep up with a bit of home maintenance, or you want to do a full-on a home upgrade to increase the value of your home, we have collected some ideas you can use to plan your home improvements this year. The Wolf Real Estate Team is happy to recommend professionals in San Diego to help you with your home maintenance or home repairs you want to have done, just contact us for our referrals.

Replace Windows

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Although we don’t deal with extremely cold weather in San Diego, replacing your windows can actually help your house stay quiet, especially if you live in South Park and constantly hear airplanes flying overhead. Replacing your windows can also help keep it insulated better, saving you money on air conditioning and other costs you spend during summer to keep your home cool. Replacing old windows with brand new double pane windows will definitely give your home more value when it comes time to sell. In the meantime, these spring home improvements will give you energy savings and a quieter home for you to enjoy.

Repair Your Roof

Think about it, your roof is your home’s number one defense against anything, just as a helmet would protect your head during physical activity. It’s important to protect your roof in order to protect your home from incurring any damage. A small issue on your roof can lead to major problems inside your home if it is not addressed early on. This small issue could also lead to even bigger problems if it is left untreated. Have your roof inspected by a San Diego roof inspector, or just take a look yourself for any missing shingles, or other noticeable problems. Fixing any roof problems will save your home from future problems, in addition, it will add value to your home when it comes time to sell! There are so many spring home improvements you can make to improve your home and make it more valuable.

Replace Inefficient Appliances

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Some appliances can become too old and outdated to repair. There comes a point when you need to decide if it’s going to cost more to keep repairing it, or simply just upgrade and replace it. When choosing your new appliances, make sure they have the EnergyStar label. This will be appealing to any future buyers, as well as yourself because it will make electricity bills less. Homeowners should prioritize their appliance replacement in this order: stove/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and then microwave. The more expensive appliances will give you a higher return when you decide to sell, so it only makes sense to replace those ones first. If you need help deciding which kitchen appliances are the best to choose from, we will set you up with an expert in San Diego to help you through the process. If interested, you can also read more about remodeling your kitchen.

Paint

This is a simple spring upgrade you can do throughout your house to make it more appealing. As of 2018, some of the trending home colors include rich pigments, a pale teal, a golden yellow, a deep turquoise, emerald green, vivid red, dark grey, and deep onyx. Painting your rooms different colors that aren’t an off-white can really change the appearance of the inside of your house. This upgrade may even inspire you to buy some new furniture! A beautiful paint job can also really entice buyers to want to move into your home because it’s already move-in ready.

In addition to painting the interior, you can also extend your painting project to the outside of your home. This is a project you may want to have a professional designer involved with. Choosing a new exterior color for your home can give it more curb appeal and therefore raise the value of your home. If you are not so sure of your own design tastes, consult with a professional home designer in San Diego to find out which colors will make your home more appealing and on trend.

Landscaping

If you are going for curb appeal, landscaping plays a huge factor. Now that winter is over, it’s time to prune your trees to get them ready to grow fresh new leaves for spring and prevent any broken branches from falling on your home. Trimming your trees every spring will not only help them grow healthier, it will make your home look better. You will also need to mulch any plants that you have. This will revive the soil and help plants thrive as well as just make them look better. If you have just let your yard go, consider doing a complete landscape renovation. Since we live in San Diego, considering a drought-resistant landscaping design will make your home more appealing and give you a beautiful yard that won’t require too much upkeep from you.

Spring Cleaning

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This one might be a bit obvious, but going through your home and collecting items and clothing for donations or to just throw out because they cause clutter is one way to improve your home. As well as going through your stuff, you should be making a list of all of the nooks and crannies that need to be deep cleaned. You know your outside windows and how you never wash them? Now is the time! Just think of how clean and appealing your home will look after all of this hard work. If you hate cleaning, consult with a San Diego cleaning service to come in and do the dirty work for you.

Contact the Wolf Real Estate Team Today

If you need recommendations for home improvement services around San Diego County, we are happy to provide you with some of our references. Spring home improvements to your San Diego home helps you live a happier life inside your home and gives you a return when it comes time to sell. If you need help buying or selling your home in South Park San Diego, give us a call today or fill out our online contact form.

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Steps to Remodeling Your Kitchen

Whether we just helped you purchase your new home in Del Cerro or you want to sell your home in South Park for a higher price, remodeling your kitchen can help you increase the value of your home or simply just help increase the aesthetics of your home. Kitchen remodels are always a great investment and can make a huge difference in your home. Below are the steps you should consider when you have decided you want to remodel your kitchen. Whether you want to remodel it yourself or have someone do it for you, knowing the steps to remodeling your kitchen can help you through the budgeting, design, and process of it all.

The “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® reported the total median cost for a complete renovation for a 210 square-foot kitchen is around $60,000. If you can’t afford to remodel the entire kitchen at once, do it in five budget-saving stages. If you have just purchased a house or thinking of moving to a fixer-upper, you can request an extended mortgage that will cover the costs of the renovation.

Stage One: Complete Design Plan

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Stage one is the definitely one of the most fun aspects when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. This is where you get to plan out everything that’s going to happen to your kitchen. This includes knocking down necessary walls, the location of everything in your kitchen, potential electrical and plumbing work, cabinets, lighting fixtures, sinks, appliances, colors, everything!

There are a few ways you can go about designing your new kitchen, if you’re a do it yourself and have an eye for design, you can scroll through kitchens on the internet that you like to start creating your ideal kitchen. You can also head over to Ikea and walk through their maze of kitchens to get ideas. If you are more hands-off, consider hiring a certified kitchen designer, architect or contractor to tackle the project.  If you use a professional, you should expect to spend about 10{297c5c6b3ea17e3fbdea31491536c8876720203ac47d87d9888529190191d255} more on top of the total project costs. You can also seek professional remodeling help from major home improvement stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and Ikea.

Cost: Professional Designer: About $5,800

Strategy: All plans are set for the remodel. Can begin the work when you’re ready.

Time Frame:  3 – 6 Months

Stage Two: Order Appliances, Cabinets, Lighting Fixtures and Flooring

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The biggest cost of your kitchen remodel is the cabinets and appliances. It may take four to six weeks for the cabinets to be delivered and if you want to have them laying around until you are ready to install them, that is also an option. If your current appliances are still functional and you are happy with them, then don’t waste money on brand new ones. If it’s just not in your budget right now, you can slowly buy new ones in the future, one-by-one as you can afford them. Be sure to consider the size of your future appliances during the remodel so they will fit afterward. Lighting fixtures are also something that can wait or not completely necessary to replace if you’re happy with yours.

Flooring, on the other hand, is a bit trickier. You will need to see if your kitchen floors go underneath the cabinets or if they are placed against the cabinets. If you’re changing your cabinet configuration and the floor is placed against the cabinets, you will need to replace the flooring. If the old flooring matches the new cabinets and the floor is placed under the cabinets or you’re keeping the same configuration, just keep your flooring to save costs.  When picking new flooring, you will need to consider the height of the flooring. Vinyl and linoleum are thin while tile and wood are a bit thicker. This should be considered when measuring the heights of cabinets.

Cost: Cabinets: $16,000, Appliances & Lighting: $8,000, Vinyl Flooring: $1,000

Strategy: Keep old lighting fixtures, flooring and old appliances if possible. You can replace later if you want.

Time Frame: 2 – 3 Weeks

Stage Three: Do Plumbing & Electrical Work

This is when the work really begins. You will need to have your kitchen gutted, appliances and old cabinets removed and walls may need to be opened up for electrical work. Move your fridge, microwave, and toaster to the garage, or empty room so you can still cook meals at home. It’s best to renovate your kitchen during summer so you can at least grill your meals outside.

Cost: $14,500 for removal and installation of new electrical and plumbing

Strategy: Tear out and install new electrical and plumbing in a quick timeframe if possible. Plan for a makeshift kitchen elsewhere in your home, like grilling outside.

Time Frame: 6 – 10 Weeks

Stage Four: Installation

Once the gutting of the kitchen and plumbing and electrical work are complete, here comes the fun part: installation. You should have ordered all of your cabinets, appliances, flooring and lighting fixtures in advance so you are ready to install the minute the other work is complete. This is the time where you will paint the walls, install any backsplash on the walls and install countertops. To save money, consider installing an inexpensive countertop such as marine plywood or inexpensive laminate. You can always swap these out later for marble, granite, tile or a solid surface when you have the budget.

Cost: $12,000

Strategy: Install a more expensive countertop when you can afford it.

Time Frame: 1 – 2 Weeks

Final Stage: Upgrade When Possible

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If you went down the least expensive route to just begin your kitchen remodel, the final stage includes upgrading when it’s possible in your budget. You can replace the laminate flooring or countertop, or buy those new appliances you have been keeping your eye on. This is the final step in transforming your kitchen into the one you have been dreaming of. If you’re considering selling your home after the remodel, be sure to contact the Wolf Real Estate Team to help you get the most money for your home. We specialize in buying and selling homes across San Diego County while specializing in the areas of South Park, Del Cerro, and San Carlos. Contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.