How To Improve Your Home’s Resale Value This Summer


Your Summer Punch List for Home Improvement Before Selling

Summer is upon us and there’s no better time than the present to dust off your toolbox and put in some sweat equity, adding to your home’s resale value. Even if you don’t intend to sell your home in the near future, a little investment in your home’s value can appreciate over time — especially if we’re talking about things like landscaping maturing over the years to come.

But landscaping isn’t the only home improvement project that can provide your home with increased resale value. In this article, we identify a host of potential projects for you to complete in a day, over a sunny weekend, or over the course of the whole summer. All of these projects will, if handled well and maintained reasonably, add to the eventual resale value of your home.

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Maximizing Your Curb Appeal While the Sun Shines

When it comes time for you to put your home on the market, the first thing that prospective buyers will use to form an impression of your home is its exterior. A beaten down, falling apart porch sagging off the front of a dingy, paint-flaking facade will do little to justify your home’s asking price—no matter how amazing the backyard or interior may be.

Invest some time and money in creating a welcoming, layered yet neutral effect for your front yard landscaping. Consider putting in a curving stone or brick path from the street to your front door. Think about investing in some ornamental perennials, shrubs, and trees to create that park-like setting your Realtor will use in your eventual listing. Or spend your energy and money rebuilding or redecorating your front porch.

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The Inherent Value of Creating an Oasis

Now that we’ve talked about the front of your home and your front yard, let’s take the summer project spirit around back. The weather is beautiful after all, and it’s the perfect time to get some sun while you invest in creating an oasis of your backyard.

Whether you elect to focus on creating “exterior rooms” in your outdoor space, or decide to finally put in that deck or patio that you’ve been considering, there are far less productive (and pleasant) ways of spending the summer than working in the backyard.

The Remodels That Add the Most Value

Now for the big interior projects. For maximum transformational potential, nothing really delivers quite like a big home remodeling project. But, for maximum return on your investment—in time, sweat, and money — smaller projects actually deliver at a better rate than full-scale bathroom, kitchen, or open floor plan remodel jobs.

Consider updating your cabinets, or pulling the linoleum up and putting in tile, or installing a new front door, or adding insulation to your home, or putting in new windows.

If you’re at all handy around the house, you can greatly reduce the cost of remodeling by doing the work yourself. Regardless, summer is a great time for remodeling projects, if only because keeping the elements at bay during construction isn’t as big of a problem.

Building New Value Into Your Home This Summer

Whatever projects you choose, whether you elect to put in a whole new kitchen or just a few potted plants for your front porch, make sure to capitalize on the good weather and reinvest in the resale value of your home this summer. The project you select doesn’t have to be huge, just something you can complete while the sun shines.