Odds are you’ve spent a lot of time at home over the past month. And you’ve probably spent some of that time noticing things for the first time: A scuff on a wall. That knick on your front door. A blotch on your carpet that seems nine times the size it did before.
While those might be minor annoyances to you, they can be devastatingly costly from a home value perspective.
So, here are four things you can do in a weekend to make your home more livable. And make its worth skyrocket.
1. Curbside Appeal
The outside. It’s the first thing you see when you pull up. And it’s the first impression that will be made on would-be buyers. How do you make your house a head-turner? A little landscaping. And we do mean a little.
You can use a gardening shovel and elbow grease to get rid of weeds. Or mix a gallon of vinegar, a cup of salt, and a tablespoon of dish soap. Funnel it into a spray bottle and voila: a non-toxic weed remover.
You can also sprinkle some corn gluten to prevent those pesky things from sprouting for hassle-free lawn maintenance.
While you’re at it, trim any shrubs or tree branches. The payoff – and look – is more than worth it.
2. Kitchen Cabinet Care
Ask any realtor and they’ll say kitchens sell homes. Granite counter tops and upgraded appliances make buyers weak in the knees. But for the budget conscious, the first place to focus is the cabinets. No. Not replacing them. Repainting them.
A popular trend right now is the tuxedo look: a white or lightly painted cabinet with a darker cabinet bottom. Modernize the knobs and handles, and you can increase your home’s value 10-fold.
3. Lather. Rinse. Cha-Ching.
Buyers and renters seem to prefer wood floors overall, real or laminate. But there are some rooms, like the bedroom, where carpet is still viewed as king. And you can make that work to your advantage.
Unless the padding is all but worn or there are noticeable appearance issues, it is well worth your while to give your carpet a good deep cleaning – without calling the pros.
All you need to do is rent a Rug Doctor or similar appliance for a few hours. And all that dirt, dust, grime, and been-there-for-way-too-long spots will vanish. It seems like a minor thing. But the ROI is fairly major.
That’s because homebuyers are making a mental note of all the things they’ll have to fix, replace, or change. And if you can cross “carpet” off their list, that’s a strong selling point.
4. Dollars from Scents
The easiest way to make your home more pleasant to live in – and attractive to buyers – requires literally no work at all.
You’re used to the way your home smells (which is hopefully good). But buyers will be walking into a waft they haven’t experienced before. So, it’s in your best interest to put your best scent forward. And that scent is citrus.
How do we know? A study was done where people were asked how much they would pay for a home based on the way it smelled. The options were coffee, dirty socks (ew), brownies, and citrus.
Unsurprisingly, the sock smell rated lowest. Citrus rated best.
And the difference in perceived value between those two smells?
Well, it’s substantial. You can read for yourself.
So, light a candle whether you intend to sell or not. Because that smell makes a difference.
Protect Your Investment
You don’t have to spend a lot to make your home worth more. And you don’t have to spend a lot to insure it when you have Madison Mutual.
Multi-line policies, home security discounts, and discounted loyalty rates are a few of the ways we make it easy to make sure you’re covered. Affordably.