If you're looking to sell your home anytime soon, you may want to take a little bit of time looking over your home and updating a few things. You may love the way your home looks with each room painted a different color, but a potential buyer may look at your home as a fixer-upper and want to pay you less for your home. You can increase your home's value and make your home more appealing to a potential buyer with a few home improvements. See below for a listing of these home improvements.
1. Add Curb Appeal
Begin with the exterior of your home and clean up your yard. Clean up garden beds and add landscape blocks around your gardens for added appeal. Split up overgrown flowers (less is more) and trim back bushes or trees that may be blocking the view of your home. Power wash your home's exterior to clean mold and mildew from the siding. Also power wash any concrete walkways, porch/patio or driveway to remove dirt or mold. If you have an asphalt driveway, you may want to seal it and fill in cracks so it looks like new again. Changing your home's front door can also help add curb appeal, especially if it's an energy-efficient door. Painting it a bright color can attract potential buyers.
2. Update Windows
Old, drafty windows can be costly on your home's energy bills; invest in newer windows that are energy-efficient. This is a great selling point for a potential buyer. New windows with all new trim can also increase curb appeal.
3. Paint Neutral Colors
Move into the interior to do some work. A coating of paint can go a long way when selling your home. Paint the interior neutral colors such as light tans or grays. Keeping it neutral and all the same color will make your home appear larger. It also helps a potential buyer imagine their belongings in a neutral room, rather than in a boldly-painted room.
4. Update Lighting
Update your home's lighting throughout your home. If you have older brass light fixtures, update them to brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze for a more modern look. You can find updated, but cheaper lighting at most big box hardware stores, so you aren't spending an arm and a leg on light fixtures.
5. Change Faucets
As with those old brass light fixtures, if you have brass faucets, change those as well to something a little more modern looking. Go with brushed nickel, chrome or oil-rubbed bronze faucets. Check the clearance aisles at that same big box hardware store for deals.
These home improvements are all things you can do yourself and can pay off when you try to sell your home. Contact a company like East Coastal Appraisal Services for more information on determining your home's value.