If you are looking to increase the value of your home, there are many steps you can take to boost its worth. But many people focus on the property’s interior, ignoring the benefit of making alterations to the outside.
It’s worth remembering that the exterior of a property is the first thing prospective buyers see, so it needs to be appealing. An impressive rear garden can also be a huge selling point, so making improvements to your house from the outside cannot be ignored if you are looking to sell or simply wish to make it more valuable.
Here are some simple yet profitable ways to increase your home’s value from the outside.
1) A Fresh Paint Job
One of the simplest and cost effective ways to improve the ‘Curb appeal’ of your property is by freshening up the front with a coat of paint. If the paintwork is chipped or grubby, it can drag the value of a property of a house down, so sprucing it up is important for retaining the value. It doesn’t have to be anything outrageous; neutral colours will appeal to a broad range of people if and when you come to sell the property.
2) Erect a Private Fence
One of the key selling points of a home is that it offers a good degree of privacy. Although many people enjoy friendly relationships with their neighbours, there’s a time when we all like to relax in the comfort of our own garden, and this can be a particularly good selling point. If your garden is open plan or exposed to neighbouring yards, erect a tall fence that offers some privacy that will boost the value of your home.
3) Landscape the Garden
A good garden can be the difference between a home being sold or not. It can also add a substantial amount to the total value of the property, so it’s often worth renovating the outdoor area. Gardens can be landscaped to provide a manageable but appealing area. You can add plants and trees to attract wildlife, and perhaps decorate with pretty furniture or a garden bridge to improve the visual appeal further.
4) Install an Outdoor Living area
Another desirable feature of property exteriors is an outdoor living area. Adding a patio or decking to the home provides a purpose built area for outdoor entertaining, and therefore can add value to the home. Whilst there is a cost involved in making such an improvement, this can be recouped and exceeded by the additional value that the home benefits from.
5) Tidy up the Front
You only get one chance to make a first impression, so it’s important that the front of your home is kept clean and tidy to attract interest. Cut back any overbearing trees and bushes, and ensure that there is no rubbish left lying around the front garden. Also look after any pathways that lead to the front door. If the door itself is shabby or run down, it can be worth replacing it or renovating it with new fixtures and fittings.
6) Clean the Windows
Again, people’s first impressions of your home are the ones that usually stick the longest, so you’ll want it to be looking beautiful from the inside and out. Dirty or streaked windows can be off-putting, so keep on top of them and keep them clean and sparkling to attract maximum interest and improve your home’s value.
Whilst the property market in general will dictate the approximate value of your home, it’s always worth carrying out the small and relatively simple tasks that can improve it’s worth as much as possible and maximise any profits should you decide to sell.