Before listing your home for sale, consider one home renovation project to significantly increase its curb appeal--repainting the exterior trim, especially if it's flaking and looks shabby. Exterior trim, especially when well painted, makes a home stand out visually. Although this is a time-consuming task, it's also one that can make prospective buyers fall in love with your property at first sight.
If your work schedule doesn't allow enough time to repaint the exterior trim--a job that easily can consumer two or three consecutive weekends for a large home--or you don't want to undertake the job because of the heights involved, contact a few painting contractors and get estimates on the job.
If you do the job yourself, you may already own some of the necessary supplies:
First, remove flaking paint by gently scrubbing the trim pieces with a wire brush to expose bare wood. You can use a power washer to blast off old paint, too.
When painting, start high--fascia, gable-end rafters, etc.--and work your way down to the foundation. If you don't want to spend time masking around windows, use a paint shield. A roller speeds up the task, but you have to roll slowly enough to avoid flecking paint on the body of the house.
If you have a large home with intricate trim, consider hiring a painting contractor. Plan ahead for the expense of repainting. Although it won't significantly increase your home's value, it dramatically increases your home's charm and saleability.