Selling your home is an experience that’s both exciting and stressful. Beyond packing, moving, and settling into your new home, you also want to make sure you’re getting the best deal for your current home. Beyond negotiating, what else can you do to increase your home’s value? Here, we’re sharing tips to boost your home value before putting that “For Sale” sign in your yard.
Add fresh paint
Paint is one of the easiest and best ways to boost your home’s value. It also adds a modern look and feel for potential buyers. You can add fresh coats of paint virtually anywhere, like:
- Front door
- Inside walls
- Patio or deck
- Outdoor trim
- Indoor trim
- Garage door
Pro tip: Housing experts suggest keeping your color scheme neutral, as it looks cleaner and adds lots of brightness.
Potential value increase: 1-2%
Stage your home
Staging your home may seem like an unnecessary added step, but it’s one that can really pay off. In addition to making the space look and feel clean, you can also use smart design tricks to make it look bigger. Adding mirrors, opening blinds and curtains, and scaling back clutter and furniture can open up your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers.
Potential value increase: 1-10%
Boost curb appeal
The outside of your home is the first impression you’ll make on buyers, so you want to make sure it looks appealing. You don’t have to go all-out here, though; keep updates fairly simple and low maintenance. That way, you’re not adding any future up-keep costs for buyers. You can do things like:
- Add flowers and plants
- Clean/pick up your yard
- Mow the lawn
- Trim trees and bushes
- Add mulch
- Upgrade outdoor light fixtures
- Add a stone walkway
If you have a little more time and money to invest in bigger projects, you can make valuable upgrades like adding a deck or patio, building a firepit, and replacing your siding.
Potential value increase: 3-5%
Install a new garage door
Speaking of curb appeal, your garage door makes up a lot of your home’s outdoor real estate, taking up as much as 40% of your home’s exterior. On top of increasing your home value, installing a new garage door gives you one of the highest returns on investment — about 90%.
Need help choosing the right garage door style and type for your Denver-area home? Use this helpful guide or call one of our experts at American Garage Door. We’ll help you with everything from selection to purchase to installation.
Potential value increase: 1-4%
Increase energy efficiency
Energy efficiency isn’t just great for the environment; it’s great for potential buyers who have their sights set on an energy-efficient home. How? They can qualify for lower mortgage rates and potentially borrow more through an energy-efficient mortgage (EEM). These types of upgrades can be minimal or large-scale, like:
- Installing LED light bulbs
- Upgrading to energy-efficient appliances
- Installing double-pane windows
- Adding more insulation
- Investing in solar panels
- Installing a smart thermostat
Potential value increase: 1-3%
Scale back ‘major’ remodels
When it comes to upgrading your home, you don’t always have to think in terms of complete renovations or remodels. In some cases, renovations offer less ROI than expected. Instead, making smaller, or practical upgrades may net you bigger returns (with less stress!). Here are a few smaller-scale renovation projects that can boost your home’s value:
- Add fresh paint to cabinets
- Update kitchen and bathroom hardware
- Re-caulk bathtubs and showers
- Install new countertops
- Replace shower doors
- Upgrade light fixtures
- Add ceiling fans
- Install or repair the roof
- Install or restain hardwood floors
- Upgrade the AC
Potential value increase: 3-5%
Trust the experts
Experts are experts for a reason. They have knowledge and experience in their field and can be extremely helpful throughout your home-selling process. And while we won’t claim to know everything about selling homes, we do know a lot about garage doors. Our technicians at American Garage Door can help you choose and install the perfect garage door to wow potential buyers and boost your Denver area home’s value. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation and estimate!