Once you decide to sell your home, every little detail can make a difference in the price you set for it. This is why, just before selling, many homeowners make some investments to increase the resale value of their property. The rule of thumb in such cases is to only make investments on which you’ll have a return, and preferably with some interest. One good place to start would be your curb, since it’s the first thing people see when they approach your property. Here are five tips for making your curb and your home more attractive to potential buyers.
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Make your entryway appealing
If you want to draw some positive attention to your home, you should invest in the appearance of your entryway. Probably the simplest way to do it is to paint your front door. You don’t even have to stick to standard colors. In fact, painting your door in such interesting hues as Devonshire green, Umbria red, Newburyport blue or Yellowcake can make your home stand out from the sea of properties on the market. Adding a big pot of flowers on each side of your door can also do the trick, as can a pair of lanterns right above those pots. Even something as small as a welcome mat or a wreath will give your home that additional dose of charm it needs.
Embrace the benefits of decorative concrete
Gone are the days when concrete was just a huge and unattractive lump of gray in front of your home. Nowadays, by investing in the versatile decorative concrete, you can get any sort of driveway or pathway you want. Not only will its wide range of colors suit all your wishes, but also match the style and colors of your yard. Plus, it’s durable and strong, making your investment a long-term one. This concrete requires minimal maintenance, so you won’t have to spend crazy amounts of money on frequent re-polishing or cleaning. With the right kind of concrete, you’ll instantaneously increase the resale value of your property, while getting something that’s decorative and functional at the same time.
Install some soft lights for that extra touch
With some bright and warm lights along your driveway and the pathway leading to your front door, you’ll make the whole place friendlier and more inviting. Also, a well-lit pathway is much safer to walk down after sunset, and these lights can be used to accentuate all the good features of your landscaping. Plus, if these lights are solar-powered ones, you’re increasing your home’s energy efficiency. Similarly, a few rocking chairs and a table with some lights along your porch line will make your home look like the perfect family place and might just help you sell the place.
Some gardening can go a long way
No matter how good your driveway looks, if you neglect to maintain the plants that surround it, there’s a good chance neither you, nor the potential buyers will be able to see it. When the bushes and all sorts of other plants grow so much that your lawn and your garden start losing shape, you should find your gardening gloves and get busy. If the green areas around your home are tidy and well kept, they can improve your home’s entire image. So, trim all those overgrown shrubs and tree branches, plant some flowers following your driveway line, and don’t forget to mow your lawn regularly for as long as you have potential buyers coming over.
Consider adding a fence
By framing your whole yard with a lovely fence, including a picture-perfect garden gate, you might add resale value to your home, but also manage to sell it faster. This is especially true if you’re trying to sell your home to a family with children and pets. It will add to the overall appeal of your property, but only if the fence is in good condition. In case you already have a fence, but it looks worn-out and damaged, make sure you clean it, fix anything that’s broken or cracked and repaint it before you stage your home for customers. And if the fence fits the style of your home and the rest of your front yard, you’ll get a visually rounded space everybody will love.
A neat and captivating curb can be a game changer when selling a home, so make yours as beautiful as you can to boost your home resale value.
By Mike Johnston