Increase Your Home’s Value With These 4 Tips
Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home, or just want to spruce up for the holidays, here are several ways to increase your home’s value by boosting its curb appeal.
TIP 1: Make Your Home’s Exterior Look Like New
For many potential buyers, the condition of the exterior of a home can offer clues to the condition of the interior. The first place to start when boosting curb appeal is the exterior of your house.
Paint. Paint is the best way to make your home appear newer. While you can paint your home yourself, if it’s large or more than one story, consider hiring a professional. Often, just repainting the trim can make a big difference.
Maintain your siding. Over time, weather and the elements can make your home’s siding appear dull and dirty. Use a pressure washer to clean stains, spider webs and accumulated dirt and grime, or use a soft cloth and a household cleaner to get into those small nooks and spaces. Although the average life expectancy of siding ranges from 60 to 100 years, depending on the material, extreme weather may reduce this number.
Paint or replace garage doors. If your garage doors are in good condition, give them a new coat of paint. If they’re beginning to show their age, consider replacing them. New garage doors are more energy efficient and better insulated than older models.
Maintain your fence. Replace rotted or worn posts and panels and freshen it up with a coat of paint. If you have a hedge that serves as your property’s border, keep it trimmed and in good shape.
TIP 2: Pay Attention to the Small Details
The small details tie your home’s exterior together and help it stand out from others in the neighborhood.
Paint front door, trim and shutters. This inexpensive improvement adds brightness to a home, whether you choose a bold color, a neutral tone or classic white.
Install new door fixtures and be sure they match in style and finish and complement the style of your home.
Update your house numbers. Make sure potential buyers and guests can find your home. If the numbers have faded or need an update, replace them. If choosing a metallic finish, make sure it matches the finish of your exterior light fixtures.
Make sure that from the street, your property appears clear. Keep walkways clear, put trash cans away, keep toys and garden tools put away, and wind up the hose. Put away anything that creates a cluttered appearance.
TIP 3: Tend to Your Landscaping
Well-landscaped homes may sell for between 5.5% and 12.7% more than other similar homes, and studies show it may also add up to 28 percent to your home’s overall value.5
Place a border along your driveway or walkway made of brick, stone, pavers or another hardscape element to add visual interest to a plain driveway.
Maintain your green space. If you have grass, a well-maintained, green lawn makes your home look inviting and picturesque. However, in many parts of the country, water conservation is becoming more important. Xeriscaped landscapes incorporate drought-tolerant vegetation that thrives in warm, dry climates, such as lavender, sage, wisteria and agave, with water-saving drip irrigation and mulch. Xeriscaping has a cost savings of 36 cents per square foot annually through reduced irrigation and maintenance costs.3 Additionally, these landscapes are virtually maintenance free, which makes it an attractive option for busy buyers.
Include trees and shrubs to create texture and add interest to your landscape. Planting a few types of trees and shrubs of varying heights, widths and flowering times boosts your home’s curb appeal year-round.
Fresh mulch is an easy and inexpensive way to freshen up landscaping
TIP 4: Make it Feel Inviting
It’s no secret that emotions play a role in a person’s decision to purchase a home. Stage the outside of your home to evoke warm feelings.
Stage your porch. If you have a front porch, make it feel more inviting by including seating, such as a chair or loveseat, an outdoor rug and a small table. If space is an issue, incorporate small decorative touches, such as a festive wreath or potted plant.
Hang flower boxes on your front porch railings and/or below your windows. It’s also a good idea to purchase nice planters and containers and place them around your porch or on your front steps. Annual flowers like petunias and impatiens can be easily replaced when they are spent.
Choose flowers and plants that bloom at different times of the year for year-round appeal. For example, bulbs not only bloom all spring, they also multiply and come up every year. Perennials often flower for most of the year and will prevent you from having to replant them every year.
If you don’t have a green thumb, choose low maintenance plants and flowers. Flowers such as lavender, rosemary, and zinnias are a few low-maintenance and drought-tolerant options.
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1. Remodeling, 2016 Cost vs Value Report
2. Realtor Mag, September 22, 2016
4. Houzz, Houzz & Home-U.S., June 2016