Think Ahead to Protect Your Home’s Value

February 10, 2017

For most of us, our home is our most valuable investment. It’s important to remember this and take the steps to keep your property’s future value in mind when performing maintenance and upgrades. As any Daniel Island Real estate sales associate will tell you, carefully maintained and planned homes sell more quickly and for more money. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Landscape with the Future in Mind

If you are adding new plants or trees to your house think about future growth. If you plant trees too close to the house or driveway, for example, you are doomed to have problems with the pavement, foundations, sewer and water lines and other landscaping later on. Space things appropriately and think of how you want things to look five or ten years in the future.

It’s often best to keep it simple when it comes to landscaping. If a future buyer likes the house but thinks they will have to spend a lot of time and money to “prune” back all the elaborate and overgrown landscaping, you may get less money on an offer or may miss out on getting an offer all together.

Keep the Entryway Looking Excellent

First impressions are important, and you’d be surprised how much a front door will stick in your memory. A very attractive front door, along with a freshly painted porch or entryway and an eye-catching landscape will make a great lasting impression.

What would a buyer think when they walk into your house? This is a good way to think about ongoing improvements. This is the second impression they have. Is the paint and woodwork in good shape? Are the floors wearing well? Take the time to keep these areas maintained so your entry can set the expectations of quality when people enter your home.

Choose Colors That Most People Enjoy

On the exterior, pick a color that coordinates and works well with the other homes within sight of your house. You never want to live in a house that has an “extraordinary” color, according to your neighbors. It doesn’t lead to being a good neighbor while you are in the house and will not help you sell the house when the time comes.

Try not to use dark colors on the interior. Dark colors often will make a room seem smaller. They are also hard to cover up with a new lighter color without multiple coats of paint and primer. I also recommend clients keep their interior walls and floors as contemporary as they feel comfortable. People like the feel of a fresh and “up to date” home.

Details Matter

Are your floors in poor form with stains on the carpet and scratches on the tile or wood? Is there mold in the bathroom? Are built-in bookshelves covered in dust? You might not mind those things after living in your house for a number of years; you probably don’t even notice the small imperfections you see everyday. However, potential buyers will notice these things right away when they come into your house. This will certainly tarnish their view of the home.

Pay attention to attending to small details along the way, and being mindful when you make improvements. It may sometimes involve what seems like an extra or unnecessary expense, but you’ll be thankful you were thinking ahead when you put your house on the market!