The exterior of your house will set the stage from the start. If your exterior is crumbling and unkempt, that higher price point is going to be harder to fetch. Start by fixing the front door. A new—or repainted—front door makes a big impact. Power washing your home's siding, deck and driveway will also make your home look well cared for.
Match those fresh coats of paint with manicured landscaping to enhance the well-kept look. You don’t have to spend a lot of time with the landscaping – simply make sure your lawn is tidy and trees and shrubs are pruned. A new flowerbed adds a homey touch—placing attractively potted flowers by the front door is an inexpensive but effective alternative. Make sure you remove any unnecessary clutter, such as mismatched furniture and old ornaments.
After your prospects are dazzled by your home’s exterior, close the deal with some simple remodeling. Start with the kitchen; new flooring, cabinets, countertops and updated appliances can easily impress prospects and give the house a more updated feel. In older homes, adding a new bathroom can also drastically increase the resale value. Smaller updates such as new hardware and modern fixtures can also increase the perceived value of the home.
Remember, your REALTOR® can help you decide which improvements will add the most value to your home!