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AFTER Adding Curb Appeal To Your Home The way your house looks from the street can add thousands to its value, commanding a higher price and also taking less time to sell. If you’re looking to put your house on the market, there are a few things we recommend considering when it comes to curb appeal. BEFORE Fix/Replace The Roof D. R. Domenichini Construction was named Morgan Hill Business of the Year in 2012 and also voted (2014 & 2015) Best Contractor in Morgan Hill by the Morgan Hill Times. The owner, David Domenichini, resides in the Morgan Hill area and brings nearly 20 years of experience to his family-owned and operated business. Follow them on Facebook for weekly project updates, hints, tips, giveaways and more. You can visit their website at or call 408.691.3283. Sometimes all it takes to make a roof look “like new” is a good cleaning. Removing dirt, moss, algae, etc. can make a huge difference. The roof can be one of the fi rst things that an appraiser assesses, so any missing, curled or faded shingles are only going to lessen the value of your home. Don’t forget about the downspouts and gutters as well. Also, be sure to take a look at your neighbor’s roofs. If they have been well maintained or recently replaced, it may only make yours look worse off than it really is. Freshen Up The Paint Buyers and appraisers instantly notice the value in a new exterior paint job. While it may seem to be an expensive and time- consuming project, it’s one that defi nitely pays off and can give your home that much needed facelift. Exterior Accents In addition to new paint, it’s also good to consider rock or stone accents to the exterior of your home. These could be added to the entire front of the house or sometimes just GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN MAY/JUNE 2016 around the garage is all you need. Even minor accents can add just the right amount of charac- ter to draw the attention of a home buyer, such as new house numbers and a new mailbox. Spruce Up The Entryway The doorways to a home are another way to create a welcoming feel. Consider painting the front door a bold color and adding casing to frame it in and really make it pop. Tile is a nice way to spruce up the front steps and a new stone walkway can be a great addition as well. The garage door also makes a signifi cant differ- ence to the curb appeal of a home, especially for homes with a two-or three-car garage that faces the street. There are a number of different styles to choose from and installation can some- times take less than a day to complete. First impressions are important, and when it comes to home buyers, that first look at the outside could make or break whether they decide to go inside. Depending on the condition of your home, the cost to add some curb appeal might not be as bad as you’re thinking. Talk to your local contractor and/or designer to discuss the best options for you. 65