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What can be done to the outside of a property in San Diego to make the value of the home rise?

Asked by Trulia San Diego, San Diego, CA Thu May 2, 2013

Are there elements that are valued more in San Diego than they would be in other areas?

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Neil Fjellestad’s answer
Patching stucco and painting the house, manicured yard and automatic garage door come to mind. Obviously, if roof and/or fencing needs repair or tree is overgrown or has root issues these go on the list. Neil
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Make sure the lawn & plants are trimmed away from the house. With the drought I have noticed buyers looking to homes with little or no lawns. Native plantings are very popular. Clean windows always help and if the screens are tattered remove them. Of course touch up any chipping or peeling paint/stucco. Good luck!
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Tile flooring, shutters, new paint, nice remodeled kitchen, upgraded bathrooms.
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Hello Trulia,

I'm surprised that there aren't more answers here....but then again, if there's not an opportunity to pick up a client, then others won't even bother. However, the goal here is to educate, so here is my take. There are many studies that show what you can expect to get back out of various projects (and it breaks it down by low end, middle of the road, and high end.) In general, that amount ranges from 30-70%. When it comes to the outside of the property, that obviously entails 4 sides (assuming a single family detached home), with the front and the back most likely being the main ones. Making sure the front is in tip top shape is critical as you want the curb appeal and as the saying goes, "you only have one chance to make a first impression." Thus, make sure the yard is tidy as can be (trimmed hedges, lawn is green/cut, no leaves/weeds, colorful/welcoming flowers, perhaps a nice fountain, a tasteful welcome mat, do not have any garbage cans showing, have driveway power washed and do not have cars out and about. Also, if you have a mailbox, you could get one that catches the eye of any would be buyers.

As for the back, same thing as the front as far as making sure it is immaculate. Of course, things such as a BBQ, outdoor kitchen, pool, spa, outdoor shower, putting green, tennis court, sport court could hold appeal to potential buyers. However, any of the above could carry little weight or even be a deterrent for those who don't want those particular items.

Anyway, I could go on for quite a while on this subject, but I will leave it at this.


Chad Basinger, REALTOR®, CPA, CFP®
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Forgot roof, fencing if required.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 3, 2013
Paint, Sod, shurbs, flower beds. Shouldn't invest more than 3-6k depending on sf. Leave the big buck for inteior i.e. floors, countertops, cabnents, etc.
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Remove as much stuff from your house as possible then: Exterior paint. Enterior paint. Flooring. In this order. It works. It really dose!
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Are you thinking to sell?
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