How to increase your home's resale value during the pandemic

Dated: March 26 2021

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COVID-19 has brought the world to a standstill. While lockdown orders have ceased since summer, the uptick in cases has forced most metropolitan areas to enforce travel limitations once again.

While people have had a serious case of COVID fatigue, being restricted indoors does have its silver lining. Home improvement projects that you and the family have been putting off for the longest can finally get the attention they deserve.

Especially if you’ve been thinking about selling your house in the near future, working on home improvement projects can increase the resale value of your home. With that said, not all home improvements are created equal.

Below are affordable, virtually free, projects that are well worth the extra time on your hands.

  1. Start small by decluttering

    Decluttering is one of the easiest home improvement projects you can tackle. Getting rid of things that you don’t need can instantly brighten up a home. Freeing up space makes rooms look larger than they really are. And the perception of larger rooms, in turn, is instantly attractive to buyers.

    Especially if you have been living in your home for a few years, you may have accumulated items that you no longer have a use for. While you don’t need to go full Marie Kondo on decluttering, it is a good idea to start the task by creating three separate piles for stuff you want to keep, throw away, and donate.

  2. Paint your exteriors

    If you intend to sell your home in the near future, painting the exteriors of your property can do wonders for its overall attractiveness to prospective buyers. Most of these buyers drive by the neighborhood they are interested in. Being able to stand out with a fresh coat of paint can help you get your property off the market faster.

    Nevertheless, painting your exterior walls is a major task. For those who aren’t necessarily the best at projects, start small. If you truly want to stand out, repaint your front door with a bright pop of color or in elegant black. Accomplishing this task and seeing how it instantly ups your home’s curb appeal will motivate you to take on bigger projects.

  3. Do some yard work

    When it comes to home selling, curb appeal is a real thing. After all, first impressions do last. After repainting your front door, continue the task of enhancing your curb appeal by keeping your yard clean and well maintained.

    If you live in the higher elevations of northern and southeastern Arizona, make sure that the pathways of your yard and your driveway are free from snow and debris. Arizonians elsewhere can begin to work on their garden, planting cool-season flowers like marigolds and dianthus, which should start blooming in the spring. The sight of a well-kept yard is enough to make an impression.

  4. Deep clean your home

    Even if you aren’t selling your home in the next few years, taking this downtime to deep clean every inch of your home is a great way to remain productive. The cleanliness of your space can greatly affect your overall well being. During these trying times, there are very few things more important than taking care of your wellness.

    To make sure you don’t get overwhelmed, take on the task of deep cleaning one room at a time. If you’re opting to stay home because you’re concerned about your health, you can devote more time on the project and estimate how long it will take you to complete the task. Otherwise, you can block off weekends to get the job done.

    There is still much about COVID-19 that we don’t know. The uncertainty and fear that the pandemic breeds are unnerving. However, again, there is a silver lining to the situation. At the very least, the projects above can ease your mind and prep your house for selling.

Once you’re ready to sell your Arizona home, we at Aeris House Properties can help you navigate the home selling process safely. With years of experience, our team is made up of the best real estate agents in Arizona. Contact us today to learn more about your options. Call 602.671.2343 or email info@aerishouse.com.

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