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Spring time is right around the corner, which means, if you’re selling your home this year, chances are, you’re thinking about putting it on the market soon. If you’re doing that, you probably want to know, how do I get the most money for my house?
Sure, you could throw money at any and all upgrades in your home, and sure, chances are, you would get more money when you sell your home. But, chances are also, that you won’t always get the money back out that you put in, especially on a short time frame. So, what is worth investing time, money and a little sweat into?
Curl appeal is the number one thing that is going to get people into your home. It can be as simple or extensive as your budget allows. And, can really boost the value of your home. Let’s take a look at the top five curb appeal projects most likely to bring you a little bang for your buck according to National Association of Realtors.
The main objective in a landscaping upgrade is to bring new life and personality to your home. This will attract buyers who could see themselves calling your charming home their home. A typical project may be to install a front walkway, add stone planters, plant flowering shrubs, a decorative tree and beauty bark. This project will set you back an estimated $4,700 while you receive an estimated $5,000 in return when you sell your home for a 105% return on investment.
Imagine sitting on a beautiful new patio in the summer while sipping cool cocktails and laughing with friends. That’s what potential buyers will think when they see a new patio on a home. Improvements to the livability of a home are great projects to take on. The estimated price of a new patio is $6,400 and will yield you an estimated $6,525 when you sell your home for a 102% return on investment.
Similar to a new patio, a new deck will allow buyers to envision what their lives could be like in your home, backyard BBQs, block parties, all the fun that goes along with owning a home with a deck. A new deck will set you back an estimated $9,450 and will get you an estimated $10,000 when you go to sell your home, giving you a 106% return on investment.
Standard lawn care is HUGE when selling your home. Selling your home can take a lot of energy if you’re still living in the home, keeping it show ready at all times, so it’s easy to forget about the outside maintenance. Staying on top of that attract buyers to your home and make your home shine. Fertilizing, weeding, regular cutting of the grass, and trimming of plants is all you need. This costs you an estimated $330, but gives you an estimated $1,000 when you sell your home, which is a whopping 303% return on investment!
Everyone loves a beautiful green lawn, that’s just the truth. If your lawn is looking a little lackluster sodding your lawn can be a great and very worthwhile project. Your Realtor will thank you when they go to take pictures and have a beautiful lawn to show off. The estimated cost of sodding your lawn is $700, which will return you an estimated $1,000 when selling which gives you a 143% return on your investment.
What curb appeal projects are you considering on your home?
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Olya @ The Siberian American says
I love these tips! I definitely want a deck whenever we do buy a home!
These are such great tips! I can’t wait to have our forever home and do fun stuff like this!
We aren’t planning to move anytime soon, but we could definitely spruce up our house with some of these tips!
Erica @ Whimsical September says
We are selling our house this time next year, and I’m already so nervous about it! We painted our entire exterior this summer, and I couldn’t believe how much curb appeal it brought to the home. Money and time well spent!
I am dying to get into a house to be able to do some landscaping! It’s one of those things I miss about home ownership!
These are such great tips, and WOW, I love the gallery of photos you put together, here! So inspiring!
I love all of these ideas!! Curb appeal is so important to me! Cute houses start on the outside!
Such great tips, Jane! We moved recently and curb appeal is a must! These photos are amazing!
This is our focus this spring! The old owners had all these decorative grass bushes and they’re so gross! We’re also thinking of zero-scaping it. A lot of houses around here do that.