Spring is coming and now is a great time to put your home on the market. Before you jump on the market however, there are some finishing touches you should consider completing in order to make your home even more valuable once it hits the market. One of the best ways to increase your home’s value is to make it more aesthetically pleasing (AKA bump up the curb appeal), so grab your favorite tools or call on a professional to help.
Here are some of the easiest and most effective updates you should considering doing to get your home sale started:
Paint the exterior
The exterior of your home needs to be renovated the most since it’s the first thing that potential buyers will see. Whether your home looks a bit neglected or outdated, a fresh coat of paint will make a huge difference in its appearance. However, you need to be very selective. Overly bold shades will likely do more harm than good. It may be best to repaint your home in a color that complements surrounding homes.
Upgrade doors and windows
Shoddy doors and damaged windows do more than just hurt your home’s curb appeal, so give them an upgrade. Energy-efficient windows are proven to be excellent alternatives because they help reduce utility bills in the long run, and they make the indoor environment more comfortable and intimate.
As for your doors, you should replace them with modern ones that are more robust. Such doors will go a long way toward making your home safer and exceptionally appealing.
Work on the yard
Buyers really do care for a well-kept yard, so take measures to enhance the appearance of the grass. If the grass is in bad shape, consider laying down artificial turf – it will look amazing and complement the yard in a big way. Your other option is to uproot any dead plants or unsightly gardens. You can easily breathe new life into your yard by adorning it with mulch, trees, shrubs and exterior lighting fixtures.
Replace the driveway
If the driveway is filled with cracks and oil spots, there are a couple of ways you can renovate it so that it’s more attractive. You can either have it repaired or replaced. Usually, however, it would make more sense to replace the driveway because it won’t be difficult for potential buyers to see the patches.
Improve the condition of the roof and the foundation
If there are any structural flaws in your home, you can rest assured that they can be found by a professional inspector who won’t hesitate to expose them to potential buyers. Therefore, you ought to take measures to ensure that the roof and the foundation are intact. To help you prepare for your home inspection, check out these 10 must haves on your home inspection checklist.
Clean the interior and the exterior
It won’t cost much to tidy up the home, but it will require a big effort on your part. The goal is to ensure that everything is in its proper place.
Get rid of any extra clutter inside to keep distractions in the home to a minimum. As for the outside, make sure to clear away bikes, toys, stray shoes, unnecessary lawn decorations and any other type of clutter.
By completing these 6 simple updates, your home will be in tip top shape and more valuable to you on the market. For more tips on how to get the most for your home when you sell, talk with a First Team agent. You can search for an agent near you on our website or let us do the searching or you.
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This guest post was written by Anita Ginsburg. Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about home, family, real estate and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. Informational credit to Superior Asphalt Paving Ltd.