If you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future, you’re probably also thinking about what home improvement projects you can do that will be inexpensive for you yet will also help to improve the value of your home. While doing renovations inside and adding square footage is a great way to add value to your home, these types of projects also cost you a lot of money. However, there is an option that is often less expensive but can have a huge impact on the value of your home. This option is outdoor improvements.
To show you where the best places to spend your money outdoors is, here are three exterior projects you can take on in a short period of time that will help to increase the value of your home.
Upgrading The Driveway
Whether your home has a long driveway or a short driveway, keeping this area well maintained is often a big selling point for potential home buyers. Not only does the driveway affect the look of the home, but it also can be easier on your vehicles as well. Especially if your driveway is longer, HGTV’s Scott McGillivary tells StyleAtHome.com that an upgraded driveway can do a lot to boost the curb appeal and excitement people feel when coming to an open house.
There are a lot of options to choose from when picking how to upgrade your driveway. Some that you might want to consider include stamped concrete, gravel, cobblestone or brick. Be sure you pick materials that match well with your home’s exterior design to give your property a finished look.
Installing Lighting Features
Nothing beats driving past a home in the dark of night and having your eyes illuminated by a beautiful array of ambient outdoor lights lining your path to a welcoming front door and showcasing the rest of the beauty of the home. By installing strategically placed lighting features, you can increase the value of your home both in style and in monetary value. Plus, adequate outdoor lighting not only brightens up your property, but Jerry Walch, a contributor to SFGate.com, shares that lighting features can also increase the safety and security of your property as well. With all these added benefits, it’s no wonder installing lighting features is a go-to way to increase property values.
Sprucing Up The Landscaping
Regardless of how beautiful the paint color of your home or how expansive your backyard is, those attributes will matter very little if the landscaping out front is either prohibiting the view or distracting from the rest of the home. If your house is currently in this situation, Jill Chodorov of the Washington Post recommends investing in your landscaping to see upwards of a 150 percent return on the amount of money you spend. Even if you don’t have a lot of money to put toward sprucing up your landscaping, at least make sure your lawn in well kept, flowers and bushes are maintained, and you don’t have any weeds growing when you put your house on the market.
By making these simple yet effective improvement on the outside of your home, you could see a major jump in the value of your property when it comes times to sell it.