Ways to increase your property value and appearance
First impressions make a big difference, and selling your home is no exception. Sometimes big repairs and major renovations just aren’t in the budget, but when it comes time to sell your home, you naturally want to get the best price possible. There are a few quick, affordable things you can do around your house to kick up your property value and leave potential buyers with a good feeling. And that good feeling might just lead to a good sale.
The first thing you should do is the first thing potential buyers will see. Paint your front door. Even if the door is in good shape, it’s worthwhile to add a splash of color to make your home stand out- both on the street and in the buyer’s memories. A great shade of barn red or forest green will add some interest and draw the eye towards the door, which is, after all, the center of your home. Make sure to choose a warm, inviting color, and paint neatly, wiping up any spills. A gallon of good outdoor paint is cheap, and the effect will be worth it.
Wash your windows. So many sellers don’t think of this one, but it can possibly make the biggest impact out of anything you will do to prepare your home for the market. Everyone loves natural light, and the build-up on windows occurs so gradually that most people don’t even realize they are losing much of the light they could be getting. Getting them clean can be a bit of a pain if you have a house with multiple stories, but trust us, it’s worth it. Call a professional if necessary. Just get the windows clean, inside and out, and remove and wash any curtains or blinds. If you haven’t done this in awhile, you might feel as though you’ve knocked out a wall when you see the amount of light that comes pouring in. And potential buyers will see it too.
Finally (and this one is easy), put up some house numbers. This is a tiny trick that helps stamp your house into the buyers’ minds, and creates a lasting impression. Go to the hardware store, and buy some brass or iron numbers that match your house’s decor. Attach them to the porch, the front door, or wherever seems appropriate. Just make sure they’re bright, tasteful, and noticeable. Potential buyers will see the numbers and imagine it as their address, which opens the door to them feeling at home in your house. Making your house numbers noticeable will, at the very least, keep your property from fading into a generic list of houses that the buyers might have seen already.
Of course, property value is determined by much larger factors than we’ve discussed here. But if you’re hovering on the edge of receiving a certain price, a few extra steps to help nudge you up further can’t hurt.