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How to Improve Your Home’s Worth | Focus on the External
If you’re hoping to increase your home’s value, it may be time to invest in curb appeal. This describes how attractive your home is from the outside to a potential buyer seeing it for the first time. If your home looks a bit drab or needs little repairs here and there, it may put off potential interested parties.
Overhaul the Garden
Sometimes, enhancing one’s garden can make all the difference in the world. If you’re a bit green on taking care of a garden, start by investing in the basics, such as good quality gloves. If you’re looking for something easy to begin with, consider mulching your yard. Not only can it give your home an aesthetic charm, but if you mulch regularly, you may see your soil quality become better for plant health. Mulch is also lower maintenance than a green yard, so it takes less time weekly to keep looking nice. Finally, never underestimate the impact of a well-manicured lawn. Keeping up with mowing will make your landscape look fresh even if you don’t have a yard full of flowers.
Ask your local gardening center to identify indigenous plants that are hardy, and therefore difficult to kill. This way, even if you forget to water for a few days, or don’t have excellent soil or sun quality, you can still have a thriving garden.
Touch Up the Paint
If the paint on your home is chipping or worn in places, it might be time to repaint and touch up. However, even if your paint is still pristine, you may want to give your home a new color. A study suggests that homes painted the color “greige” sell for over $3,000 more than others. Neutral colors can go a long way in pleasing a potential buyer. Keep the bright colors for accent pieces inside, or even as flowers in pots along the walkway. If you have the perfect neutral color and it’s in excellent shape, then you may just need to power wash your outer walls to get them sparklingly clean. If you can’t rent a power washer, get a bucket, soap and a hose, and wash it by hand. It might add several thousand dollars to your asking price if you do.
Little additional features to your home’s exterior can go a long way toward drawing in buyers. To start, think about lighting features outside your home. By giving the walkways and driveway a bit more illumination, not only do you give ambiance to your home, but you can also add a sense of security and safety. This way, there are no dark corners or pathways an intruder can take advantage of, which can be a good selling point when putting your house on the market. If you need a little extra bit of color to make your home stand out without lowering your home’s value, you could build some window boxes and plant flowers. This can add an endearing quality to your home, making it look nicer while giving you a bit of edge over neighboring properties.
Update Your Hardware
It may seem trivial, but it can make a world of difference. Look at the hardware outside your home, and see what shape it is in. If your mailbox is worn and run down, what will a potential buyer think? The home may look nice, but if your door or door handle are dingy, they may wonder what else has been neglected. Updating these features can give you a fashionable and modern look, all while potentially increasing your home’s value.
Other Expert Advice
Real estate pro Chris Tillman at Real Estate Problem Solver has some additional wisdom for home sellers based on his years’ worth of experience. For starters, you need to draw people into your home so they can see first hand all it has to offer. You should list it online as many places as possible, including Craigslist, Trulia, Zillow, and Realtor.com (if you’re working with a real estate agent, they should take care of this step for you). You can also pass out fliers in your neighborhood and those around you, and post them on community boards at your local coffee shop or farmers market.
Once you’ve gotten the word out, be strategic with home staging: put fresh linens in bedrooms, lay out clean towels in bathrooms, pull back curtains to let in natural light, and bake a batch of cookies before showings so your home looks and smells amazing. If you have a surprise showing and are limited on time, focus on staging the bathrooms and kitchen, which Chris reveals are the high points of every home and the rooms buyers are likely to be most concerned about.
It may take a bit of time and effort, but it will be worth it in the end. Even if you aren’t looking to sell immediately, investing in the curb appeal of your home will make your life easier later on. After all, Chris points out that you can’t change the location of your home, but you can change its outdated features. By making these small changes, you may be surprised by the difference in price your home can achieve.
Article provided by Ray Flynn from DIYGuys.net.