Making a few home improvements does more than simply spruce up the place. It can boost the resale value of your home. So, when it is time to make a move, you need to focus on your exterior just as much as the interior of your home. Here are four simple yard alterations that boost resale value.
Invest in Landscaping
When someone is house hunting, one of the first things they see is your yard. In fact, it’s not uncommon for home buyers to drive by prior to even deciding if they want to see inside. Iif your yard has been neglected, it could hurt the chances of making a sale.
For this reason, it’s important that you make the yard as lush as possible by doing a little landscaping. You can do this by planting flowers, adding new mulch, and making sure the grass is cut neatly. If you have areas where the grass is brown or missing, you can also use grass seed to cover these areas.
Add Outdoor Lighting
Though it may not be very noticeable during the day, outdoor lighting can make a huge difference in your home’s appearance at night. Not only does it look better aesthetically, outdoor lighting increases your security by deterring thieves, which increases your home’s value.
There are many types of outdoor lighting you can choose from to spruce up your outdoor space. Some of the most common types of lighting include string lights, spotlights, garden lights, step lights, and bollard lights. Regardless of which you choose, make sure that it is installed properly. Scattering them about without a plan won’t do much in terms of aesthetics and in fact, might make your yard look cluttered.
Install a Fence
Another easy way to boost resale value is by installing a fence. Fences increase security as well as providing a welcome separation between your yard and your neighbors’. However, adding a fence does take the expertise of a fencing professional. Depending on your square footage, the type of fence you prefer may not be the type you can install. Look for qualified fence companies in your area when making a final decision.
Spruce Up the Exterior
Lastly, the exterior of your home also needs attention. Although the yard may look lush, the exterior of the home may not be as pretty, especially if it’s an older one. Ask yourself how long it’s been since the exterior has been power-washed or painted.
If your home is on the older side, it may have paint peeling off or it may look faded. Either way, it’s time to update the paint. You can repaint it to its original color, or you can change up the look with a new color.
Increasing the resale value of your home isn’t as hard as some make it out to be. It may take a little bit of effort, but it’s worth it if it will increase the value of your home.
Anita Ginsberg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg
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