We often hear homeowners struggle with selling a home at the value they have placed on it in this market. Are you in the same pinch? What can you do? Is reducing your price the only option? Fortunately, there are small tricks that can actually help you to improve your home’s market value, and one way to do it is to increase the curb appeal. It is no secret that high curb appeal will always fetch a higher price for a home, so you need to really look into this aspect of home renovation if you want to maximize your home value.
Increasing curb appeal doesn’t mean that you only work on the outer portions of your home; you need to invest in proper maintenance that enhances the overall appeal of your home. Any home improvement that you make should enhance the way your house looks from the corner of the street. What does your house offer that others don’t? Is it well maintained? Has it been attractively landscaped? If yes, then you may have just added a couple of thousand to your home value.
If you’re looking to sell your home quick, and at maximum value, then we suggest that you invest in the following ways to increase the curb appeal of your home:
Give it a thorough wash
Washing off all the dirt, grunge, and mildew off the face of your home can actually do wonders for its overall look. It gives is a shine and actually uplifts the overall features of your home as well. Don’t believe us? Realtors actually claim that giving your home a thorough wash may increase the value of a house by $10k to $15k!
It also doesn’t cost very much to get your home professionally cleaned. You can have your windows washing from the inside and outside, and also hose down cobwebs and downspouts. Make sure that you get all the dirt sprayed off from the roof of the house, and your garage door as well.
Give it a fresh coat of paint
One of the most common ways to enhance curb appeal is to give your home a fresh paint job. Getting your home professionally painted from the outside may cost you a fair sum of money, but the increased value of your home will cover the costs.
You don’t need to go all out and get the best all-weather paint available on the market, just give your home a fresh new makeover, and watch as the value soars. However, don’t go over-the-top with the paint job, since that will reflect negatively on the value of your home.
Invest in a new roof
Home buyers are very picky about the condition of the home roof, and if it isn’t great then good luck in trying to get a decent price for your home. You can invest in a new roof or have the one you have reconstructed in order to standout from other homes. You may not need a new roof at all, if you have practiced good roof maintenance over the years. A simple wash down of your home and will clear away any debris or dirt, and ensure that your roof looks shiny and new.
Clear up the yard
Messy yards will obviously standout like a sore thumb, and reflect badly on the home value. It makes sense to invest in attractive landscaping projects, which will boost the curb appeal of your home. Get the bushes and trees in your yard trimmed and the lawn manicured to paint as pretty a picture as you possibly can for your home.
Plant a few flowers, bushes and trees add a new dimension, and watch as your home value increases by thousands.
Get eye-catching colors
One of the best ways to get noticed by home-buyers and have your home value increased is investing in colors that are attractive and catch the eye. Adding colorful touches to your home not only look great, but also paint a pretty picture in the minds of the buyer, which makes it easier to sell your home quicker.
Get a new mailbox
A lot of homeowners don’t realize that their mailbox is actually one of the first things that home-buyers look at. You can easily make a good first impression on any homebuyer by glamorizing your mailbox. There are lots of different styles, colors, and sizes available, and they also provide you with an opportunity to add a bit of personality to your home.
Invest in a picket fence
A picket fence can do wonders to the value of your home. It is no surprise to learn that homes that have been sold with the most value over the past year are all those that have picket fences. Apparently, homeowners have a thing for homes with picket fences, so make sure that you invest in some.
Get a picket fence along with a garden gate, which will work to frame your yard. This in turn will give a favorable impression to homeowners, who are looking for homes in family-oriented neighborhoods. Fences allude to a sense of security, and a lot of homebuyers are willing to pay more for homes with picket fences these days.
Home maintenance is important
If you really want to increase the curb appeal of your home, and ensure that your home sells for above market value, then it is imperative that you practice proper home maintenance. There is nothing worse than trying to sell a home for more, when it actually doesn’t look very nice.
The appearance of a home plays a major role in its overall value, and things like broken shingles on the roof, peeling paint, and broken down fences will slash around 10% of your home’s overall value. The solution is simple as well. All you have to do to increase curb appeal is practice proper maintenance, which will improve the outlook of your home completely. Here are a few ways to do that:
- Replace cracked windows
- Reseal cracked asphalt
- Refasten sagging gutters
- Straighten shutters
- Get new bricks for the pavement
We are hopeful that getting and making all of these home improvements will allow you to increase curb appeal and your home market value at the same time. Try them and let us know if they worked for you.