How to Add Value to Your Home and Improve Curb Appeal
Are you in the process of moving? Has your house been on the market with no luck? Did you know that landscaping and taking care of your lawn has a direct effect on the resale value of your home? Even if it doesn’t directly impact the economic value, a poorly landscaped yard can certainly discourage potential buyers. Not only is curb appeal extremely important, it’s also a really cheap and easy way to improve the appearance of your home without having to change the physical structure.
“Good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house and even cut its time on the market by 10-15%.”
– Landscape Economist John Harris
Last week, we gave you some insider tips on how to make your grass greener. Now, we’ll tell you how you can immediately increase the value of your home and it’s curb appeal so you can finally get it sold!
The first and possibly most important step is to make sure your lawn is well manicured. The key to a well-manicured lawn is making sure everything looks crisp, clean and symmetrical. In order to achieve this, some steps to take include:
- Take Care of Your Grass – If your grass is dry and brown, here are some ways you can achieve a beautiful, green yard.
Dress up the Entryway
Besides the lawn, the first thing that buyers look for in a home is the front entryway. That being said, the key to an aesthetically pleasing home is an elegant entryway. Here are some ways you can greatly improve the entryway to your home:
- Paint the door a bold color. Painting the door can be just the accent that your home needs to draw the attention to the entryway.
- Add some potted plants to either side of your door to give your entryway some symmetry.
- Update old light fixtures.
- Repaint or stain the front porch if it’s starting to look drab.
Add Some Greenery
Along with landscaping, you will certainly want to make sure that your front lawn radiates a welcoming environment. The best way to make sure your yard is inviting is to add some greenery, including:
Add some Accents
Another thing you can do to spruce up the appearance of your home and add curb appeal is to add a few accents to it. Finding a few decorative items can be just the added touch that your home needs. Some ideas of accents include:
- Outdoor lighting
- Updated House Numbers
- A New Mailbox
- A small fountain or pond.
Get a second Opinion
As homeowners, we tend to overlook some of the imperfections because we are so used to seeing them – things like chipped paint and cracks in the steps. Because of this, it’s usually a good idea to get a second opinion. Here are some easy improvements that you might have overlooked.
- Pressure-wash the porch, deck, and siding.
- Fix cracks in steps and driveways
- Prune trees and trim bushes
- Repair Gutters
- Repaint faded or chipped doors or siding.
Taking care of your lawn and landscaping is the easiest, most inexpensive way to both improve your curb appeal and raise the value of your home. When your home sends a warm, inviting message, then you can be sure that your home will be sold in no time at all.