Are you ready to try somewhere new or upgrade your homestead? You’re not alone. There are a few ways (some more involved than others) to improve your home, and it’s value in the case you do decide to list it. Although, after these fixes – you might find yourself wanting to stay for years following.
The exterior of your home is you and everyone else’s first impression of your home, yet we often overlook how much weight it actually holds. Indoor treatments or backyard investments are given precedent over this first point of contact. There’s a reason we put this first on our list. As the first impression to potential buyers, it should also be at the top of your list. Clean up the yard. Landscaping can be simple, just make sure it has a clean look. Plant a few flowers if your home needs a pop of color.
Paint Your Door
This goes along with curb appeal, but it deserves a spot all it’s own. Paint your door. It’s a simple and fairly inexpensive project that pays off leaps and bounds. As Bonnie McCarthy says, “Home improvement projects that can be done in a day offer a huge pop of instant gratification, and few provide a transformational wow factor and curb appeal like painting the front door a new color.” If you have questions about colors, you can check here for some inspiration.
Lighten Things Up
While natural light is best, it’s not always an option. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways you can brighten things up. Consider adding lighting, switching outdated light fixtures or just adding a few free-standing lamps to the mix. As Jeanne Baron mentions, “The number one item on the 2007 HomeGain survey, lighting—everything from a dimmer switch to the increasingly popular sun tubes—noticeably enhances a home’s appeal.”
Along with lightening up a space, you also want your property to feel open. While open floor plans are trendy right now, you don’t need to break down any walls if you don’t want to commit to that large of project. Painting a space white or a lighter color automatically brightens it up and makes it feel more open. You can kill two birds with one round of paint. As Daniel DiClerico says, “Whites and off-whites remain the top-selling interior colors and will appeal to most homebuyers, allowing them to envision the space as their own. Neutrals appeal to all generations of buyers, according to Jule Eller, trend and style director at Lowe’s.” Simplicity is also an easy way to open things up. Busy countertops or tile tends to make things feel smaller or more overwhelming.