Are you preparing to list your home for sale? Do you want to take steps to maximize its value before you list it? The good news is that you don't have to take on a big renovation or remodel to get the desired effect. Even simple improvements can give your final sales price a big boost. Here are three areas that can have a major impact on your home's value. Take a look at these projects before you list your home:
Landscape. Your potential buyers will start judging your house as soon as they pull up. You can give them a positive first impression by taking care of the home's landscaping and improving the curb appeal. One of the easiest thing to do that can have the biggest impact is trimming back overgrown shrubs, hedges, and trees. Overgrown landscaping can make a home look old and like it hasn't been cared for.
Also, pull weeds and put a fresh layer of mulch down in the flower beds. If your lawn is patch or dead, you can't fix that overnight. However, you can water it and put down some fertilizer. That can get some improvement over a relatively short period of time. Also, cut your grass high to encourage the growth of new blades and to help hide thin areas.
Exterior walls. Another big factor in curb appeal is the appearance of your home's exterior walls. No matter whether you have vinyl siding, brick, or even wood, wear-and-tear on the walls will put your buyers in a negative frame of mind. Consider a fresh coat of paint on your siding or even replacing your siding altogether. If that's a little outside your budget, rent a power washer to remove any stains and other discoloration.
Flooring. Your floors are one of the first things your buyers will look at when they enter your home. If they're dirty, damaged, or dated, that will likely knock down the value in your buyers' minds. Of course, replacing your flooring may get you the best bang for your buck. Hardwood is always a popular option, but a quality laminate can be an affordable alternative.
If you can't replace your flooring, at least take steps to make your current flooring look as good as possible. Have your carpets professionally cleaned. Have dirty and damaged laminate planks or tiles removed and replaced. Just taking steps to improve your current flooring may make it look as good as new.
For more information, have your home appraised by a professional appraiser (such as one from East Coastal Appraisal Services). They can give you an honest assessment of the home value and identify areas to work on.