Are you getting ready to sell your home? If so, then you might want to think about making some key improvements. The best improvements will mean that your home looks incredible and add additional value to your property. The additional equity you gain in your sale could help you afford your next home, your dream home.
Curb appeal provides the first look that prospective buyers get of your home. Making sure that the entry, exterior paint, and lawn look great are known to be quite important. But, don’t forget the garden as well. Many buyers love to stand outside and look over their prospective garden and imagine their family relaxing and playing there.
So, you should make sure that you are improving your garden. A lot of people these days are keen to embrace the alfresco lifestyle. The right garden can help you clinch the sale. For instance, you could think about adding a water feature. People often assume that this is going to be an expensive feature. However, it doesn’t need to be. There are lots of guides online that will help you create the best water feature for your garden on a cost-friendly budget, or you can view my DIY water feature tutorial. Or, you could change up the patio. You might even want to think about creating a mosaic design.
Here’s a before and after of a patio that I renovated, and you can see how much the tile and paint changed this outdoor space:
Next, you might want to think about exploring window choices for your home. The right window choices will mean that you can easily make your home more green friendly and thus appealing to modern homeowners. Also, if you live in an area with extreme temperatures, like I do in Florida, new windows can really cut down on your electricity costs.
There are a few signs that your home could be in need of new windows. For instance, you might want to think about checking whether there is condensation between the panes. Companies provide window glass replacement services which are perfect if you have an old home which has fallen behind other properties that homeowners could consider purchasing on the market. The right changes like this could add up to 25% onto the value of your home.
Clean It Up
As a realtor for over 20 years, I can tell you that homeowners often don’t see the true condition of their home. So, as simple as it sounds, you might also want to think about cleaning up your home. Take a truly objective look at your home and property. If your property looks like it has seen better days, then it could be completely ignored by new property buyers on the market. You should make sure that you are cleaning up both the interior and the exterior. If you are having issues with getting marks off areas like the patio around your home, then you could think about investing in a power washer. With a device like this, you’ll be able to get all the marks off your patio in a matter of seconds. Also be sure to power wash the driveway and sidewalk, as these contribute to the initial curb appeal.
Inside, cleaning also means decluttering. Remove many of the small appliances from your kitchen counters so that things look more sleek and spacious. Buyers want to envision themselves (and their things) in the home; and this can be difficult if they’re first having to look past your clutter or cleanliness issues.
Finally, you might want to think about investing in solar panels. Solar panels used to be incredibly expensive. However, these days, it’s possible to get solar panels for any home on a budget. Solar panels will also add a massive amount of real value onto your home and ensure that you can continue to save money while you continue to live there.
Again, in a state like mine (Florida) with lots of demand on air conditioning systems, the solar panels could be a real benefit to buyers who want to come into a home with lower electricity bills. Solar panels are a marketing feature. This could lead to more viewings for your home which is key in the early weeks when you sell your property.
We hope this helps you understand some of the key reasons why you should invest in some new improvements before it’s time to sell your home. Some are simple inexpensive ones, while others are larger investments that may help maximize your return and also sell your home more quickly. By keeping these in mind, you can ensure that your property will sell for the best possible price.