5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s OQ for Less

Friday Jul 15th, 2016

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When getting a home ready to sell, most homeowners focus on interior upgrades and fixes. But what’s on the outside counts, too.

Lawns, walkways, patios, gardens, doors, and windows all play a role in the livability of a home – and its salability as well.

Thinking of selling soon? Here are five ways to boost your home’s Outside Quotient (OQ), courtesy of a Williams Ski & Patio infographic:

For an investment that could range from $300 to $1,000, you can undo the damage wrought by weather, weeds, and all those other nasties that invade your lawn (not to mention the dog and your kids).

Re-sod and give your outdoors a whole new look. Isn’t that worth the investment?

You could consider a less expensive alternative to make your outside sparkle: power wash your deck and wash your outdoor furniture for an investment of between $50 and $100, and some elbow grease.

Don’t forget the front entrance to your home; boost your curb appeal and add some colour and design with planters featuring seasonal greenery.

During summer you can pop in some colour inexpensively by adding a pot of annuals or two from your local garden center.

July is hot just about everywhere, so don’t forget to water your additions regularly. Cost: $20 to $200 depending on the size and type of planters.

While you’re at it, check the driveway. Cracks and holes can deter future buyers and are just plain ugly. For $50 to $200, a new topcoat of driveway sealer will do the trick … unless it’s REALLY bad.

For front or back yards, fill in holes in the vegetation with mature plants.

It’s a bit more expensive, depending on the kinds and number of plants you need, but it will give your outdoors the look of a much more pricey landscape job for much less. And that OQ? Awesome!

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