June 15, 2018 | Allison Ables
If you are looking to sell or rent your property, you want the value to be as high as possible. There are some very easy ways to do this, but most involve sinking money into renovations and new appliances.  Maybe you don’t have the capital – or the inclination – to invest so much into big-ticket items like appliances, solar panels, or skylights. Instead, you can use “sweat equity” to improve the appearance, and thus the value, of your home and property. Amazing things can be accomplished with hard work. Here are a few ways you can make a big difference in property value without a big price tag.

Curb Appeal
First impressions are important, and many potential renters and buyers will make a snap judgment about your property before they step inside. Make your lawn and the front of your house look as appealing as possible - and you will make people want to live there.

You don’t have to be a professional landscaper for good basic lawn care. Make sure your lawn is mowed, with edged sidewalks and curbs. Your hedges, bushes and trees should all be neatly clipped. Garden beds, fresh plants, or even a few bags judiciously applied red mulch can all add a visual flair to your property.

When you look at the same walls, day after day, you may not realize how dingy they can get. Adding a fresh coat of paint to the interior of your home is not an easy chore, but it is also not a costly one. Even touching up the trim on the doors and windows can make a major impact on the overall appearance.

A tip: when painting, select a neutral color easily that can be easily matched. Using wild colors might be attention-grabbing, but they can be difficult to match later on when touch-ups may be needed. Stick with something simple and easily adaptable.

The Little Things
Little things can make a big difference! If you don’t want to replace the cabinets in your kitchen, think smaller. Replace the old drawer pulls and hinges instead, to provide fresh new accents to the room. Similarly, you can change out the faucets or bathroom fixtures, or replace the dirty light switches that have been touched for years. Small, inexpensive changes can add up to a much more appealing interior.

Carpeting is Not Your Friend
If you don’t have carpets, you are already ahead of the game. If your property does have carpets, don’t think about getting them steam cleaned or replaced – just get rid of them. Carpeting absorbs stains and odors, are hard to maintain, and need to be replaced regularly. Take a different tack, as hardwood floors, tile, or even treated cement floors. These options are all easier to care for, and more attractive to potential renters and buyers.

For more ways to get the best price or the highest rent for your home, contact our team of agents at Allison Ables Real Estate and Property Management. Call us at 352-371-1828, or email us through the website. We can help you get the most out of your home. PS DIY not your thing? We have lots of great local vendors we can recommend!


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