One of the most important things to consider in any home sale is the curb appeal. Houses that look better sell faster, and command better prices. This can be as simple as a good cleaning, but if you really want buyer interest, there are some basic things that you can do to improve the offers. The best time to make these updates is before you list, and definitely before you have an open house.
So it’s time to put up or shut about these projects that could seriously boost your home’s value.
1. Start From The Top
A new roof can add 15%-40% more value to your home
The roof is one of the key factors that buyers and appraisers look at. Missing, loose, or faded shingles detract from the value of your home. It can look especially shabby if your neighbors have newer roofs. Consider the cost of repairing the roof vs the cost of lower value. It really is amazing how much value a new roof can add to your home. A new roof can actually add anywhere between 15% and 40% more value to your home according to industry experts. When people are looking for a new home they want to make sure that the home they are going to buy has a sturdy roof and a sturdy foundation.
2. Proper Maintenance
Hanging gutters, cracked windows, peeling paint, and rotten wood all suggest the property was not well-maintained. These things need repair, but if you’re willing to go the extra mile, you should call a local contractor, such as those at Lifetime Exteriors. Workers like this can help you properly maintain your home and get it looking nice well before the inspection.
3. Fence It In
Solid fencing not only adds a sense of security, it provides visual appeal. Fencing is something appraisers give special value to. Even something as basic as a picket fence can significantly improve curb appeal. Other common choices are chain link, treated wood, or if it’s in your budget, wrought-iron or aluminum fencing. Fences really are a great way to add property value to your home and create a safe place for your kids to play.
4. Take Care Of The Yard
Landscaping boosts home values up to 12%
According to research, a well maintained yard with landscaping can add as much as 12% to your home value. Homebuyers appreciate a well-maintained lawn as opposed to a “wild” look. If your property has patches of dead grass consider a little fertilizer and grass seed if not sod. Trees and bushes should be trimmed, climbing vines cleared, and grass mowed. Pull weeds and trim around driveways and walkways so the edges are neat. It is definitely worthwhile to groom your yard for that much of an increase.
5. Upgrade The Mailbox
Instead of the usual post-and-metal box, you might want to consider something distinctive, such as a poured concrete form. You can always go with more expensive mailboxes that are heavy steel, die-cast aluminum, or fun shapes like windmills or wild animals. If yours is the basic sheet-metal with sticker numbers, just a new coat of paint and house numbers can do the trick.
Make sure you get the most for your home by working with a First Team agent. We run a tight ship and stick to the New Rules of Real Estate to get you top dollar for your home, every time.
This guest post is written by Kara Masterson, a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.