Recently closed on this duplex in Denver Heights. We'd like to improve curb appeal for under $1,500. I'd like to hear all suggestions, though. We may take them into consideration for the future.
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Not gunna do a ton with $1,500, but first thoughts are:
- are you removing window units as part of rehab? (I.e. Putting in central air?)
- remove bars on windows if allowable.
- shrubs to hide the meters and around the front. Something drought tolerant assuming tenants won't be watering anything, by the looks of it.
- is the front yard used for parking? Maybe tidy that up if so and get rid of all the grass, maybe crushed limestone or something instead of hoping grass will grow.
- paint everything and get some color on the front doors. Maybe a two color scheme to separate siding vs trim.
- maybe address the roof?
@Ross K. Thank you for your suggestions! Yes, we are going to fix up the roof for sure. Much of our budget won't go into aesthetics but I think curb appeal is important. May increase it but was just interested to see what people suggested for a low beget.
--keeping window units for now.
--yes, the front is used for parking. We should definitely make that look nicer.
I think for the area, I'd do a couple shrubs up front and one load of fresh gravel or crushed limestone (probably gravel) just to make the parking area look more consistent. It's not a permanent fix. I've not used asphalt re-grind before but have heard of a method of getting recycled asphalt spread as a cheaper alternative to paving. May be worth investigating. Maybe even a couple parking curbs to indicate where you expect people to park?? I wouldn't put down anything that requires watering by tenants.
Funny side note: some of the locals refer to Iowa street as "Ten W. A." because it resembles the number 10 and W.A. 10WA I just remembered that when googling Denver Heights. Also, I'd want the bars in the windows if I lived there (unlockable from the inside); although I hear it is being revitalized which I think is great. I haven't worked in that area in several years but I met some great people over there that could use a nice home. Good luck!
@Will Pritchett Thank you for the suggestions, I really appreciate it. Yes, a lot of changes are happening in the area. I still may want to leave the bars on for now. That's funny, I didn't know about 10WA! Also, if you know any potential tenants send them my way, ha!
@Kristina Modares the biggest bang for the buck is paint. I would use three paint colors, base paint one color, windows, trim, and porch one color and the doors another. Makes it really pop. After that I like the parking suggestions by @Will Pritchett . That's probably more than your $1,500 but those would go a long way.
@Bill S. Yes, I like that idea with the paint. Thank you!
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