Tips for Preparing Your Home Before It Goes On the Market

If you plan on selling your home or property, you want to get the most out of it. You may or may not have invested money into property, but the best way to add value is by making useful upgrades that are proven to benefit the new owner and add value to your home. The inside of the house is important, and as long as things function properly and efficiently in the home, you should focus your efforts on the outside of your home. Curb appeal can add value to your home, but practical and useful curb appeal is where you will see the real difference.

When adding value to your home, it is important to do so without breaking the bank. Investing more money than a property is worth can backfire in the end. Simple fixes can go a long way. You can upgrade your home, while saving money, by using the following tips.

Curb Appeal Adds Value

About 50% of homes in the DC metro area don’t sell during their first listing, which is a staggeringly high number. To improve your chances of selling in the first listing, you need to improve your home in some way, and curb appeal is likely the answer. There are many ways to enhances your home’s curb appeal in order to add value. These simple curb appeal fixes can increase your home’s perceived value by as much as 11%. Improvement in curb appeal can also help your home sell faster and at the price you want. You may even get higher bids based on how nice your home looks.

Repaint Doors

Your realtor may suggest painting inside the house, or simply cleaning the walls, and the same should be done for the outside of the home. Simply cleaning or repainting your outside door can add value to your home and attract people who want to buy. The door is one of the last things a potential buyer sees before entering the home. The front and back doors will leave a lasting impression in the mind of a potential buyer, and you want it to be a good one. Many people have been painting their doors either green or red in an attempt to make them look more appealing. If you really want to stand out, you can add color to it. You can also simply repaint it white or whatever color it was originally for a clean look.


The landscape is one of the most important elements to curb appeal enhancements. The landscape is the first and last thing a potential buyer will see. Landscaping can be expensive if you let it be; however, it does not have to be costly at all. There are ways to enhance the appeal of your landscape without breaking the bank. The best way to do this is by adding a fence.

Fences are both practical and beautiful additions to a home; plus, a fence addition can get you a 65% return on your investment! When adding a fence, it’s important to have a land surveyor assess your property and best determine where and how a fence should be added. Hiring a land surveyor to assess your land is important for a variety of reasons.

One is to help you properly and accurately determine your boundary and where you can legally put a fence. Land surveyors are more accurate than ever, as modernized tools accurately measure distances by +/- (2mm +2ppm) x d. Once a land surveyor has had a chance to assess the property, you can easily add your fence. Fences are both practical and beautiful. People interested in privacy and security will jump at the chance to purchase a home with a fence and curb appeal.

Before you put your home on the market, consider these important tips. You’ll be surprised just how many more buyers will be interested in your property after you add some key features and enhancements. Happy selling!

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