Home makeovers on a budget

Book Review: 'Quick & Easy Curb Appeal'

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Inman Connect New York | January 29 - February 1, 2019

I recently did some work to my house. I spent a full week — from sunup to sunset — deep cleaning, organizing, and working with my contractor to get some windows and doors replaced. And at the end of the week, you know what? My house looked really clean, but not so different to someone who doesn’t live there or hadn’t seen the full-to-the-gills interior of my crawl space before I took it on.

Strangely enough, if you’re considering selling your home or just want to see a dramatic difference in how it looks from the curb, there are lots of things you can do — on your own, and fairly quickly — to make a big difference.

(This, by the way, is exactly why home sellers should always consult a real estate agent before spending thousands replacing furnaces, windows and other largely noncosmetic items in preparation for selling — you can spend thousands improving the condition of the place without moving the needle on the impression it makes to buyers at all!)

"Quick & Easy Curb Appeal" is the latest title in the Better Homes and Gardens Do-It-Yourself series, and it’s dedicated (as you might have guessed from the title) entirely to opening up to homeowners a new world of weekend projects they can take on to give their own homes an extreme makeover of sorts.