Staging a property has become an art form in its own right, as the modern home buyer is looking for so much more than a roof over their head and a white picket fence to keep the neighbour’s dog out. In fact, if you’re looking to increase the value of your property and sell it to the highest bidder, you need to create a truly enchanting image that will attract the most prospective buyers and allow them to envision their future here.
Oftentimes, the homeowner will focus solely on the interior, forgetting about the curb appeal and the exterior look and feel of the property that will greatly influence the guest’s decision-making process. So let’s take a look at how you can increase the value of your property the smart way in order to earn big.
Tend to meticulous landscaping
The most effective solutions needn’t be expensive or exhaustive – raising the value of a property will always depend on quality rather than quantity. In that sense, investing in thorough landscape design is a great way to boost the aesthetic appeal of the exterior, and introduce some much-needed functionality into the setting in the process.
Remember, a breathtaking garden boasting colourful flower arrangements and stone walkways framed by lush greenery not only serves an aesthetic purpose but a pragmatic one as well. With meticulous landscaping, you can create natural shades and windbreakers, and a complete backyard oasis where people can unwind and enjoy memorable moments with friends and family. Truly priceless.
Tidy up the curb appeal
First impressions matter most. While many homeowners looking to sell their property focus on sprucing up the interior or even the front door, these areas are not where people will experience their first emotional response regarding your home. It will be way out on the curb, as soon as they turn the corner and set their eyes on the property itself.
This is why it’s imperative to tidy up the curb appeal as much as possible, in order to present an appealing image that will become increasingly beautiful as the interested buyer approaches the house itself. So focus on fixing the pavement around the property, hide the trash cans from view, and make sure the fence is in tip-top shape.
Add an appealing and functional upgrade
If you want the buyer to fall in love with the property and pay top dollar for it, you need to go above and beyond to craft a setting that’s perfect for their needs and aspirations. While you can’t guess what every potential buyer dreams of, you can certainly plan a few functional and aesthetic upgrades based on the type of home you’re selling and the type of neighbourhood the property is located in.
For instance, in family neighbourhoods having a pool or an outdoor kitchen area is a great way to add value to the property. When remodelling or upgrading, remember that using affordable steel frame solutions is the best way to save money and expedite the construction process, just in time for showing day. Naturally, an upgrade such as this cannot increase the value on its own – you also need to fix any structural and aesthetic problems across the board.
Tend to all pending repairs
Over time, the interior, as well as the exterior of a house, tends to deteriorate and buckle when exposed to the elements, some materials cracking (quite literally) under the pressure more than others. It should go without saying that a buyer will turn right on their heels and walk away for good should you fail to fix any structural issues around the property.
You mustn’t even try to hide them, as you can be sure that a savvy homebuyer will bring with them an experienced property inspector to scrutinise every nook and cranny in and out of the house. So make sure you fix and buff up all wooden elements, fill all potholes, bumps, and bruises on the driveway, and inspect the property yourself for any serious damage.
Add a fresh coat of paint
Finally, there is nothing that signifies a fresh start like a new, radiant coat of paint that will make the entire property look like it was built just yesterday. However, repainting the exterior is not a task to be taken lightly, as all colours have their specific meaning and can have a profound impact on people’s emotions.
With that in mind, make sure you’re working with an experienced designer in order to pick the hue that will portray the house in the best possible way. Don’t forget to colour-code the house with the surrounding amenities such as the garage, the outdoor kitchen, and the backyard.
Homeowners looking to increase the value of their property tend to spend too much time worrying about expensive renovations when they should be thinking about introducing smart, affordable changes that will produce the best ROI. Let these essential considerations ensure you sell your property to the highest bidder.
Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.