Summary: Simple upgrades and home improvements can add value and curb appeal to a home. An exterior cleanup, new mailbox, routine maintenance, and a splash of color are just a few examples of easy improvements that will add value and sell your home faster.
There are several key factors in the value of the house. Two key drivers of home values, location, and land value, are factors we have no control over. However, simple upgrades and improvements can add a lot to the value of a home. Even if you plan on selling the house next, start working on improvements now, as several might depend on weather and other conditions. Here are some of the best ways to improve the appearance of your home and increase its value:
Give the entire exterior of your home a good cleanup. Use a power washer on your driveway, the decks, clean the roof, gutters, piping, and any other external surface that shows wear and tear. A clean home will increase the value of your home immediately.
Do you still have the same mailbox as when you moved in? Then it is time for a change. Believe it or not, upgrading to an upscale mailbox with an address plaque will help move your home faster. It is the first thing anyone will see, and first impressions count.
Walk around and inside the entire property and fix or replace anything that requires maintenance. Broken windows, handles, gutters, etc. Replace anything that does not look solid or in good condition.
Consider giving your home a fresh coat of paint. If you are feeling adventurous, add feature walls and some color. Anything that attracts attention and creates appeal will sell faster.