5 ways to increase your home value on a budget


Whether you’re thinking about selling your home now or in the future, it’s helpful to know which projects will increase your home’s worth before renovating. Here are our top fixes.

Spruce up the front and back garden

Particularly if you aren’t planning on selling your house right away, it’s a good idea to plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time, for example, by planting shade trees, although bear in mind that large trees and unkempt bushes can obscure views and darken interiors. Short fixes include mowing the lawn, trimming overgrown shrubs and applying a fresh layer of mulch to garden beds.

Give your walls a fresh coat of paint

A fresh coat of paint is the quickest way to transform a room and give your home the appearance of being clean and updated. Whites and off-whites tend to attract the most buyers, since they are neutral and work with most furnishings. Although in a lot of cases, rooms with simply need a touch-up on chipped areas or a magic eraser rubbed over dirt marks, so spending hundreds on new paint tins might not be necessary.

Make the most of your space

Opening spaces up in your home gives the appearance of bigger rooms and will therefore appeal to potential buyers. If you’re looking for a project, knock out a non-structural wall, or remove your kitchen island. Quick fixes include replacing drapes with blinds or shutters to let light in, or adding a large mirror to an empty wall.

Deep clean your home

Buyers will have a hard time imagining themselves in your home if it is full of clutter and dirt. To give them a great first impression, make sure your home is sparkling before someone walks through the door. Hire a professional cleaner, or do it yourself, but make sure you do it thoroughly.

Upgrade flooring

Although some creaky floors can be fixed by repairing a broken nail or patching damaged floor boards, in some cases, a new floor is needed. Choose hardwood flooring which holds value, or tile. And make sure to enlist professional help if you haven’t tiled your floors previously.

How to Get Your Landscape Ready for a Home Sale

If you were to put your home on the market today, what would prospective buyers think of your yard? Would it turn them away? Have you been neglecting it?

Today’s home buyers want to purchase move-in ready homes. They do not want to fuss with extra yard work or worry about renovations. Something as small as rotted plants or a faded water fountain facade can signal to a buyer that you do not care enough to keep up the home. This will most definitely turn them away.

With a few minor updates, you will save money in the long run by selling your house for what it is worth. Don’t give buyers any chance to say “no”!

Well-kept Beds – A little edging goes a long way. Even curving the edge of your flower beds to give the yard a more manicured look will increase your chances of a sale. A quick fix: If you have overgrown plants, widen your beds so the plants appear smaller to the natural eye.

Color Sells – If your landscape needs a quick pick-me-up, consider adding dashes of color with petunias or additional annuals that will continue to flower year-round. If you have the budget, add some large perennials. They will “wow” potential buyers and make the landscape look more attractive.

Depth Perception – Who said your mind can’t play tricks on you? If you place your plants away from your property line, your home will look farther away from the road and appear larger than it is. Also consider plants around the perimeter of the home to accentuate it and add some to block items you want to hide from potential buyers.

Green Grass – A brown or yellow lawn is a deal breaker for many potential home buyers. Ideally, you should start beautifying your grass long before you put your home on the market. But, if you are in a time crunch, try one fertilizer treatment to help “green up” the lawn. Some experts will also recommend green spray paint to spruce up dead grass areas.

Privacy – Buyers want to know their yard will be private. A beautiful landscape will lose its loveliness once a potential buyer sees and hears the neighbor’s kids splashing away in their pool. This is one of the most important factors to a landscape design.

If it is within your budget, consider a fence to surround the perimeter of your property. Even low-cost fences will be better than none at all. If you are not ready to sell the house just yet, evergreen shrubs will grow tall enough to create a private environment in a few short seasons.

Add Character – If your landscape is lacking drama and pizzazz, add a few elements to “jazz” it up. Consider statues, swings, or hammocks depending on your location. Create an oasis that will draw in your potential buyers. Add seating areas and places to relax and appreciate nature. The more appealing you make your landscape, the greater the chance you will receive an offer. Remember that it’s often an emotional experience that brings a buyer to make a decision.