Frugal Ideas – 14 Easy Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home
Never underestimate the power of a good first impression. A home that looks attractive, from the road, can sell in as little as half the time, making it less likely that you’ll have to lower the asking price. By simply doing these easy frugal ideas can make selling your home painless.
1. Keep the lawns edged as well as the flowerbeds. Plus keep weeds and grass from cracks in paths. Try for a well-maintained look rather than one of neglect.
2. Add color. By planting colorful flowers at the front of the house, the house with come alive and be more friendly to those who visit..
3. Repair cracks in walkways and sidewalks, even if town-owned. If tree roots have damaged a section, Consider re-routing the sidewalk around the tree. Keep all walks swept.
4. Trim overgrown trees and shrubs. Remove any dead or dying plants. This adds orderliness to your property.
The House Facade
5. Polish the doorknob or knocker. As the focal point of the main entryway’s, if it shows sign of age, it may be worth spending $150 or so to replace it.
6. Remove potted plants, statues or decorations from the front stoop. Less clutter and the space becomes bigger.
7. Use similar drapes in the front window to make your home look balanced.
8. Replace broken or missing shingles. Potential buyers will get the idea that there are roof problems otherwise.
9. Remove weathered sports equipment. Basketball hoops should look new and have nets.
10. Match your mailbox to your home. A cheap mailbox for a good quality home just doesn’t match the impression you are trying to make.
11. Take down any dilapidated backyard fencing especially if it can be seen from the road or driveway.
12. Remove any decorative elements that seem to add a feeling of clutter. Garden gnomes and out-of-season Christmas lights and any other ornaments should be packed away.
13. Keep garage doors closed to keep the exterior looking neat. Store garbage cans, racks, bicycles,etc. inside.
14. Keep the ‘for sale sign’ maintained. Fix a leaning post or repaint the post if required. Otherwise, it implies your home has been on the market a long time and suggests problems.