No, you don't need to completely renovate your kitchen or bathrooms to sell your home for top dollar. In many cases, you won't be able to recoup the money you spent making those major updates. Instead, focus on making these small home improvements — a clean and decluttered home makes a great first impression. Here are a few tips you can follow to increase the value of your home, whether it's in Denver, Belmont, Mountain Island Lake, or another nearby community.
Tip #1: Pay Attention to Landscaping
Is your lawn full of more weeds than grass? Do your shrubs block your windows? When you're selling your home, pay attention to the yard, which is the first thing buyers see when they come to your home for a showing.
What to Do: Mow the lawn, trim the bushes, edge the grass around walks and trees, and add fresh mulch to your planting beds.
Tip #2: Make Your Entryway "Pop"
After your landscaping, the next thing buyers notice about your home is the entryway. Does it look dark and uninviting on cloudy days? Is the paint on the door peeling? Add a pop of color to your front entryway to make it stand out, especially from the curb.
What to Do: Purchase a new doormat and add a bright pot of flowers (or small evergreen tree) to your front porch.
Tip #3: Out with the Old, In with the New
Investing in new hardware will pay off when you sell. So if you have any tarnished doorknobs, house numbers, hinges, light fixtures, or light switch covers, it may be helpful to purchase brand new ones if you're not able to polish them. This also goes with your mailbox — if the wooden post has been eaten away by termites or been through rough weather, it may be best to buy a new one.
What to Do: Replace or polish hardware inside and outside your home.
Tip #4: Make the Outside Sparkle
Increasing your home's curb appeal is one of the best ways to add value to your home. In addition to sprucing up your landscaping and entryway, pay attention to any areas of your home that may be affected most by the weather.
What to Do: Power-wash all surfaces (walkways, driveway, siding, etc.) and clean your gutters.
Tip #5: Impress Potential Buyers Day or Night
When your house is on the market in the Denver area, chances are that buyers are going to drive by your home at all hours of the day. At night, does your home stand out from your neighbor's, or is it dark and spooky? Add exterior lights for a feeling of safety and to create a dramatic effect.
What to Do: Upgrade your outdoor lighting.
Tip #6: Celebrate the Season
One of the goals of staging, besides increasing your home's value, is to create emotional appeal for any potential buyers. Small decorative touches that correspond with the season or current holiday will make your house look more like a home.
What to Do: Place a seasonal wreath on your front door.
You've Increased Your Home's Value — What's It Worth Now?
Have you made any home improvements or additions to your Denver-area home since you bought it? Want to learn if your home has appreciated in value? The next step in the home selling process is to determine what your home is currently worth. As a Denver, NC real estate expert, I can provide you with a free analysis of your property. Request a comparative market analysis now and we can work together to determine a fair listing price.