If you’re looking to sell your home, surely you want to get the most money out of the deal as you can, right? Well, as the old saying goes, it takes money to make money. Getting more from a house than you paid for it requires at least a little work to increase its value.
That said, the cost of selling a house shouldn’t leave you broke. One of the most effective and cost-efficient ways of increasing a property’s asking price is improving its curb appeal. Here are five simple ways to do just that:
A fresh coat of paint
The exterior of your house suffers a lot of wear and tear over the years. From the harsh, hot sun to the sloppy, wet storms to the heavy winds that throw dirt and dust across the walls. All these things can leave the outside of your home looking faded, beat-up, and messy.
Give your property a much-needed facelift by giving the whole thing a good thorough pressure wash, then applying a fresh coat of paint. Even just painting the porch and front door can go a long way to making this old house look young again. In a sense, you’re not just repainting your home. You’re renewing it.
Let there be light
Even little additions can go a long way. It doesn’t cost much in the way of money, effort, or time to put up a porch light or two, but it can have a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal. Such features are especially effective when showing your house in the late afternoon. Installing exterior lights not only adds to a property’s value and aesthetic, it also makes people feel safe. In that way, buyers are a lot like moths. They’re always attracted to bright lights.
Take care of the roof
All too easy for a homeowner to neglect but equally easy for a prospective buyer to notice, a poorly maintained roof can make or break a real estate deal. Do yourself a favor and get up there to replace any lost or broken shingles, repair cracked chimneys, and clean the gutters so they don’t overflow and cause serious water damage. No part of a home takes more of a beating, so no part of a home needs more TLC.
Plant some foliage
The biggest canvas you have when it comes to curb appeal is often your front lawn. Making the most of it means going farther than simply keeping the grass healthy and trimmed, though. One of the easiest ways of adding value to a piece of real estate is to add some plant life. That could mean something as big as a couple trees, several rows or shrubs, or a full-blown garden. Or it could mean something as small as a few potted plants or flower boxes. Either way, a little greenery is a good way of adding life and energy to the look of your home.
Hide those trash cans
First impressions are everything, and that’s especially true when showing your home to prospective buyers. Realistic or not, you want your house to look like something off a postcard, an inviting image that people can picture themselves being a part of.
Most people keep their garbage cans on the side of the house. Most people have all kinds of things cluttering up their yard or garage: bicycles, hoses, the occasional dog turd, etc. Not exactly postcard material. Clean that stuff up, or at least hide it out of sight. Curb appeal isn’t always about making long-lasting improvements. Sometimes it just means sucking in your stomach and standing up straight, at least for a little while.