If you are like most homeowners in the Newburyport area, you have a long outdoor to-do list for your yard and your home’s exterior. Are you landscaping and touching up the paint keeping future home buyers at the forefront of your mind?
If you are thinking of listing your home, the first conversation you should have is with a REALTOR®. We can advise you of what improvements you should make to your home’s exterior and interior that will increase your home’s value within your budget. Here are some tips about what to do in the short term and the long term to prepare your home for sale, particularly in terms of curb appeal.
Planning to sell in 1-2 years
If selling your home is a reality for you in the near term, there are simple steps to take that will add to your home’s curb appeal without breaking the bank. Refreshing your front door paint is a great way to brighten the look of your entire home. Add unique door numbers to the door or siding as well as an inviting welcome mat. Be sure you have neat and clear paths to each of your home’s entrances. Another straightforward improvement to your curb appeal is your driveway – have it paved or resealed before your first home showings.
Planting vegetable and flower gardens add beauty and function to your yard, as long as they are tidy and well-maintained. Window boxes can also add unique charm to your home’s exterior.
Planning to sell down the road 5+ years
If you are 5-7 years out from listing your home, you should consider tackling larger projects like a new deck, and possibly any major exterior renovations (like new windows) that have been on your list. New windows also will serve the purpose of increased efficiency and functionality for your home. When you take on projects knowing you are still a few years out from selling, you will benefit from being able to enjoy the improvements to your home while you still live there, but will also be increasing your home’s value when it comes time to put your home on the market. Patios, outdoor sound systems or built-in fire pits are also manageable projects that will increase appeal and value.
Although curb appeal and exterior maintenance are both important to home value, the 5-7 year timeframe is perfect for making larger improvements to your home’s systems like the boiler or central air.
I hope you found this advice helpful! Of course, every property is unique and I would love to help you advise which projects would make the most sense for you and your timeline. Call me at 978.815.4751. No matter what your timeline may be, you will benefit from having a conversation with a REALTOR®!