We all want to ensure that when it comes time to sell our home, we receive the maximum price. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. That is not to say there are not things you can do to increase your home value and make sure that it sells for top dollar. Here's a shortlist of ideas for helping to ensure your home value hits its' peak.

Invest in New Landscaping

By improving the curb appeal of your home, you are taking the first step toward increasing the value of the property overall. Investing in new landscaping is a quick, simple and relatively inexpensive DIY project to draw attention toward the property. The investment will more than pay for itself, making it a wise choice. Consider planting some bright flowers along the walkway, and make sure that the lawn is freshly cut at all times. Be sure to properly maintain your shrubbery and trees.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

The next best home improvement that you can make is to freshen up the inside with new paint. If listing your home for sale soon, be sure to use a neutral color throughout the entire home. This allows buyers to envision their furniture and decor. Using exotic color combinations may backfire as it panders to a very specific audience.  

Make Necessary Repairs

The devil is in the details. Ensure the house is working properly. Fix things such as leaky faucets, burnt out light-bulbs, and patch up any cracks that may be in the walls or ceilings. Make sure that the caulking is clean or re-done, Light switch plates are cleaned and all wall sockets are functioning.  

Remodel the Home

If your home hasn't been updated in years, remodeling may be a necessity. Updates to kitchens and bathrooms usually return the value if done well. They'll also draw additional buyers. When choosing a style, think sleek and modern. Talk to your local Realtors to get an idea of what buyers are looking for.

Clean up the Property

And last, take a look around the home, both inside and out, and ask yourself if it is in prime condition. Consider having windows and the exterior professionally cleaned. Inside, have carpets and the duct system cleaned. Also consider having the entire interior deep-cleaned from a professional service.

A well-maintained home is attractive to buyers, and they are more willing to express interest in a property that has been taken care of over the years.