Whether your children moved out or you want to move somewhere else, selling your home can come with financial risks. The worst-case scenario is selling your home far under its initial market price; however, you can lessen this risk and boost your resale value in a few ways. The biggest attraction for homebuyers is your property’s outside attractiveness. The best tips for boosting curb appeal are simple home renovations you can do yourself, or you can hire a professional for them. Either way, your home will increase in value, and you’ll leave happy when it’s time for the big move.
Greenery Goes a Long Way
Keeping your lawn properly landscaped or adding plants will always boost your curb appeal. Trim trees, bushes, and shrubs, cut the grass, and replant flowerbeds. Also, no matter where you are, whether in the countryside or in the city, greenery always brightens up a living space. While most people add plants to the inside of their house, adding plants along your walkway or in front of your doors and windows will increase the attractiveness of your home’s exterior. If you cannot do these activities, hire a local landscaping company, or ask friends and family, for help.
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters are often a neglected home feature. People don’t realize that rain gutters can improve home value. Leaves and other debris collect in gutters, which causes water to overflow. The overflow will spill over onto your siding and soften the ground underneath your foundation. This can cause cracks and structural failure. In the winter time, ice dams and snow will accumulate, which weighs down your gutters and damages your roof. Keep your gutters clean to avoid all these issues.
Power Wash Walkways, Decks, or Patios
When it comes to walkways, paths, driveways, wooden decks, and patios, dirt and grime build up. It’s almost impossible to reach tight crevices within these, so the best way to clean them is with a power washer. These devices use pressurized water jets to clean flat surfaces at a fast rate. Spotless surfaces will greatly increase curb appeal and ensure a higher resale value.
Some of the first things homebuyers immediately see are the siding and doors. Older homes or weathered homes may have chipped or peeled paint. For this reason, a fresh coat of paint will go a long way in terms of increasing your exterior aesthetics. Use this opportunity to accentuate these features as well. You can choose eye-popping colors that will attract viewers.
Keep Exterior Features Properly Maintained
While repainting your exterior increases curb appeal, your exterior features should also be properly maintained. Your siding, windows, door, and other accents should stay in good condition so that homebuyers won’t get distracted. Spruce up any additional features you feel will make your house standout. Redo walkways, upgrade porch lights, add shutters, or replace your front door and other damaged hardware that needs an upgrade. Whatever you do, you will surely to attract homebuyers.