The current market is so overwhelmed with homes that are available to buy that it can be difficult to stand out from the competition. Fires have so many options, and they are also eager to find the perfect first home that your outdated kitchen just isn’t going to cut it. However, there are easy ways to make your house stand out from the competition without investing in major remodeling. Here are five simple ways to keep your home in the running while still keeping money in your pocket.
This step seems a little bit ridiculous, but people do judge a book by its cover – or, in this case, a home by its lawn. Your lawn care can fall to the wayside when you’re handling the million other aspects of selling a house, but it’s important to remember that curbside appeal can make or break a quick sell. Because of this, investing in some simple landscaping upgrades can have massive benefits for your selling process. Whether you hire a professional or just go to a local nursery yourself and look for what will work with what you have currently, choosing something to brighten up your home’s exterior can increase the value of your home to people who are suede by curbside appeal.
Install a tile roof
I know I said that this would be easy, low maintenance updates and no major remodeling, and installing a tile roof is most definitely a major remodeling. Still, it deserves to be on this list simply because tile roofs are an option that makes your home stand out in an incredibly beneficial way. Tile roofs are environmentally safe and economically beneficial, lasting for decades longer than most shingle roofs. If you already have a tile roof, you’re already two steps ahead. Still, if you don’t and you’re planning to sell sometime soon, installing a tile roof is a valuable investment that makes your home incredibly unique in neighborhoods full of asphalt shingles. Plus, if you have a new roof to boast of, then you can ask for a higher selling price.
Make your house simple
No one wants to buy a home that will have major upkeep. The sort of goes along with the tile roof suggestion, but if you make sure that your air conditioning, heater, furnace, electrical system, plumbing, and appliances that are staying with the home are all up to date. If some are relatively new, it will set many buyers’ minds at ease regarding what additional funds they will have to put in the house to make it work for them. Make it simple for them to say yes to your home. Give them the promise of ease, and buyers are much more likely to commit to your home.
Install solar panels
Solar panels make your home more environmentally conscious and, in fact, save you money on electrical bills. Because of their long-term benefits to both homeowners and the environment, solar panels are quickly becoming a defining factor when buyers choose what homes to consider. Solar panels can make you stand out and make your home irresistible to people who would otherwise have passed you by. And, with increased affordability, they are more and more becoming an option that anyone can consider. There are many ways to make money with solar panels, thanks to the federal and state incentives that are often in place. In some cities, you are paid for any leftover electricity your solar panels generate if you agree to let it fall back into the grid.
Install snow guards
If you live in a wintry climate, installing snow guards can be a way to protect your home against the climate’s predisposition to cause damage to your roof. Snow drifts can create dangerous pressure on your rooftop, leading to cave-ins or drift sliding off the edge of your roof and hurting someone below. In winter climates like Utah, people have experienced fatalities from roofs snow guards didn’t protect. Snow guards come in many shapes and sizes and can be used on any roof. You must follow manufacturer guidelines when installing snow guards, though, especially if you’re installing them to make your home more appealing to buyers who will see it as a necessary safety feature. Whether you’re planning to so you’re home now or wait a few years, snow guards are a relatively inexpensive addition that can increase the value a lot.
Especially if you have solar panels, snow guards can be valuable in protecting those additional aspects of your roof that might be more vulnerable to damage from snow weight and melting. Whether you have a tile roof, asphalt shingle roof, or metal roof, you can use snow guards to protect your home. Reach out to a manufacturer if you’re interested in installing solar panel snow guards to make sure that you choose the best model for your particular roof.
Additionally, talk with an engineer on their staff for the most efficient and beneficial pattern placement for your snow guards. Once you have that information, it’s just a simple clamping of the snow guards on your roof at strategic intervals to keep the snow away. Generally, you want to do this in the summer since there will be a definite lack of snow on your roof.