Boost Your Home’s Value with These Tips and Tricks
Buying a home is likely the biggest investment you make in your lifetime. Whether you are looking to sell it or enjoy it for the long haul, it is important to take care of your investment. The upkeep of your home is what makes it truly your space, as well as making or breaking you in the selling process.
The first thing people notice about your home is the exterior, therefore, having a strong “curb appeal’ is exceptionally important. In order to easily update and upkeep your home, here are a few tips and tricks to boost your home’s value!
1. Landscaping is key
In 2007, Homegain.com conducted a survey of 2,000 brokers indicating that well-planned landscaping can potentially quadruple an investment of $400-$500. Focusing on creating a healthy lawn, filling in dead areas and cleaning up all major edgeways are just some of the ways to increase the initial impression of your home. It is important to research what plants will come back each year and undergo the changing seasons successfully. Also, look for plants that are native to your region or are drought-tolerant. They need less water and maintenance, saving you money in the long run.
2. Update your front door
Your front door is the entryway to your home and it sets the tone for the rest of the house. Make a good impression by ensuring your home’s entry point. The first thing to consider is whether your door is salvageable by just freshening it up a bit by refinishing the wood or adding a pop of color. Give the hardware a good polish that will aid in the overall look of the door, along with replacing the hinges. Be sure that if you do decide to replace the door that you look for a well-insulated, energy-efficient, secure door. This is a purchase that you do not want to take a cheap alternative, this project alone will dramatically change the look of your home.
3. Illuminate with outdoor lighting
Exterior lighting adds value to your home in three important ways. First, it helps keep you and your family safe. It’s important to be able to see where you are going to avoid a fall. Second, it adds a layer of security. Keeping your property well-lit is a good way to deter a would-be thief from targeting your home. Third, it enhances the aesthetics of your property. Show off your beautiful home and well-maintained landscape.
Consider which of these aspects are important to you, you are able to go from there to decide where your vocal point of lighting should be focused. The second thing to consider is what type of lighting to go with. Solar is great because you don’t need wiring and don’t have to pay for power.
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