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It seems like there's always a home project, big or small, that's waiting to be done. But which projects make the most sense for both your family and your home's resale value? In this MasterKit you'll learn which projects and updates you should tackle to help increase your home's appeal to future buyers
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Five Projects That Add Curb Appeal and Resale Value to Your Home

Worried your home's bad first impression will turn away potential buyers? You can make your home shine, and increase its value, with these exterior updates.

From first dates to job interviews, everyone knows first impressions matter. The same is true when it comes to selling your home. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2016 Remodeling Impact: Outdoor Features report, 99 percent of members surveyed said "curb appeal," or the attractiveness of a property that's for sale, not only draws in potential buyers, but also increases a home's value.1

If you're trying to tackle both those goals at once, there are lots of ways you can do just that. But if you want to know how to add curb appeal and get the most out of your investment, these five projects are designed to get you the best bang for your buck. Keep in mind these are just examples, and because your exact projects would likely vary, so will your ROI.
1. Landscape Overhaul
replacing stone walkways
If you can afford a complete landscape makeover, go for it. A project like this might include a new walkway, stone planters, several flowering shrubs, and trees. It will cost you both time and money, but according to the NAR Outdoor Features report, you'll get a huge part of your investment back.1

Cost Estimate: $4,000 to $5,000
Return on Investment: 100 to 105 percent
2. New Front Door
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Adding a new front door does more than just increase curb appeal. It's also one way to help your home's energy efficiency, which is especially appealing to potential homebuyers.2 Most new exterior doors fit better than older doors, and energy-efficient steel doors have cores of polyurethane foam insulation cores. This means when installed correctly, they can help lower heating and cooling costs.3

Cost Estimate: $1,000 to $1,500
Return on Investment: 85 to 90 percent4
3. New Garage Door
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You'd be surprised how much you can improve the look of your home by replacing your old garage doors. So many styles of doors are on the market today: contemporary, modern, and traditional - as well as different materials like wood, aluminum, and steel.

Cost estimate: $1,500 to $2,000
Return on Investment: 70 to 80 percent4
4. Sod or Seed Lawn
replacing sod
Nothing shouts curb appeal to a buyer like a lush, green lawn. If the grass is greener on your neighbor's side of the fence, consider either seeding or sodding your yard to wow prospective buyers as soon as they pull up to your curb.

While sodding will essentially give you an "instant" lawn that's mostly weed-free, it costs more, and your choice of grass is limited. Seeding, on the other hand, has to be done at the right time, ideally in the early fall so the roots have time to set before winter, but the initial investment is much less. You'll also have a larger selection of grasses available from which to choose.1, 5

Cost Estimate: About $700 per 1,000 square feet for sod, about $120 per 1,000 square feet for seed
Return on Investment: 140 to 145 percent for sod, 410 to 420 percent for seed
5. New Softscape
planting new flowers
This project takes the landscape overhaul one step further. It's a pretty massive project, but the rewards will be worth it and the results won't go unnoticed by potential buyers. For this project, you might add more trees, shrubs, and perennials for color, plus edging and even boulders for accents.

Cost Estimate: $7,000
Return on Investment: 100 percent1

First impressions matter more than ever when you're selling your house. And nothing makes a better first impression than killer curb appeal. With these five projects, you can get the curb appeal you want and make your money back when you sell.

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