At some point, being a homeowner means being a home seller. For various reasons, we may need to pack up and move. Ideally, this might mean transferring to a new home.
Whatever the case, there are areas we should tackle before selling, improving the home in various ways for prospective owners.
Start with the garden
The first thing people see when coming to your home is the landscape around it. There’s no point in having the world’s prettiest home if it’s buried in weeds and overgrown bushes.
To improve your home’s value, make your first priority the surrounding landscape and garden.
“Good landscaping can add up to 28% to overall home value, says landscape economist John Harris. Even taking your landscaping from “good” to “excellent,” in terms of design, condition, and placement, can add 6% to 7% to a home’s value, according to a Clemson University study of homes in Greenville, S.C.”
Unlike other improvements, this is immediately noticeable and worth starting, to instill some confidence in your overall project.
Strip your carpets
To provide a sense of warmth, most of us have cheap carpets installed.This covers up concrete, provides a soft ground layer and is generally pleasant when first used.
However, carpets quickly become dirty and increasingly difficult to clean. Rather strip them and put wood in place.
Speaking to experts, Cleveland.com noted hardwood floors last longer and can be refinished several times “to freshen the look”. Wood is also easier to clean than carpets. Though good hardwood floors often cost more than carpets, wood “adds a lasting value to a home that carpet can’t.”
Wood, in general, is a good alternative. For example, timber decking can do wonders to improve the aesthetics of any outside area. The various benefits of wood make it an obvious choice for those wanting to improve the home.
Clean the bathroom
One of the key areas of a home is the bathroom. No one wants a bathroom that doesn’t function. Find those areas you can improve on, such as the pipes and taps, and make sure they’re the best you can get.
Scrub the walls, ascertain the geyser works and do all manner of checks to see all is in working order. This benefits you, too, since it means you have a functioning bathroom and one that won’t suddenly break down on you.
Selling our homes can be hard, but we can make it more enticing by making these and other improvements.