First impressions matter — at least when it comes to selling your home. Most home buyers nowadays begin their home search online, and according to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of them will pass by a home they like after previewing it online. Being that the exterior of the home is the first thing homebuyers see, it is essential for it to be welcoming and inviting. It will pay off and buyers will thank you for it with a higher purchase price. Read on to find out which five outdoor DIY projects can instantly boost your home’s value.
Lets face it, over time your home’s exterior will accumulate dirt, mold, and fungus—gross! Power washing is simple, budget friendly way to keep your home looking in tip-top shape. And removing surface grime build up — be it your house, walls, steps or fence is important to do in advance of painting. If you don’t remove layer of grime, then your layer of paint won’t stick to the surface effectively. Which brings us to our next point…
After power washing you might feel as though the exterior of the home does not need to be painted. But don’t avoid a necessary paint job when one is needed. There is no substitute for a fresh paint job and will make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your home. Don’t forget the trim and gutters! You’ll be thankful later.
As with any paint job on a home, keeping the colors on the neutral side will appeal to more potential buyers. But you don’t always have to be Switzerland. Be bold and add a pop of color to the front door! Red, blue, and yellow doors are always popular choices; or how about the super trendy turquoise that is “in” right now?
Landscaping will always give you a great return on investment. It is important to keep you lawn and landscaping well maintained. Trim bushes and trees to avoid overgrowth. If your landscaping is in need of new plants, stick with affordable low-maintenance landscaping that will save you time and money. Homeowners want to save time and money when it comes to maintaining their home. Energy efficiency both indoors and outdoors is attractive to potential homebuyers.
Light Up Your Landscaping
Now that you’ve got beautiful landscaping — flaunt it! When night time rolls around make sure to be able to showcase to its fullest potential. Start with giving your walkway an edge with solar light fixtures; they are affordable and a cinch to install. Lighting exterior features of your house and property will add beauty to a potential home buyer’s experience. When properly lit, walkways, fences, landscaping, trees, fountains, and other attributes are subtly enhanced. Simply put. lighting will enhance the aesthetics of your home, add security, and increase ambiance to the buyer experience.
Old fixtures out date a home real quick. Go for clean lines, the current trend for home entrances is all about minimalism and energy-efficiency. You can usually find new and inexpensive fixtures at your local home improvement store, most of which can be easily installed by yourself. This will instantly improve the appeal of your home, no question. Focus on the fixtures than need the most updating first. These can include door handles, door knocker, doorbell, light fixtures, and house numbers just to name a few.