#1. Yard and Landscaping
Even though you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, it is easy to find homebuyers doing just that. The outside of the home makes a powerful impression, draws buyers in, and sells homes faster. Curb appeal efforts can increase a home’s value by 10% or more. There are a variety of things to do to spice up the outside of your home.
One of the most obvious might be landscaping. Planting trees and shrubs, installing sprinklers, and keeping the lawn green are valuable considerations. But don’t stop at the front yard.
Buyers want places they can see themselves hosting friends and family. The backyard can be just as important as the front. Patios and pergolas are excellent upgrades that make the hot months more enjoyable. Installing a fire pit can really help someone picture hanging out with their friends and neighbors, and can even bring comfort during the occasionally chilly nights. It is nice to have a place for barbecues and holidays.
In a place formally dubbed “America’s Manliest City,” it shouldn’t be surprising to hear buyers asking how big the deck is. Lumber prices have surged, which means wood decks can be expensive! If the home already has a deck in decent condition, it would be worth sealing.
Is there a wood fence? Wood fences can add more value than other types. Wood fences are only attractive if they’re taken care of. Sealing the fence will make it more valuable in the eyes of the buyer, and is a better investment than finding a local pro to install a new fence. Lumber is expensive, and a well cared for fence will rake in extra dough. If there is a wood fence, consider staining it.
The idea is to make the house look amazing before they step a foot inside. Focusing on yards and landscaping can really improve the curb appeal of a home.