I’ve never met a homeowner who didn’t want to get max dollar for their home when they put it up for sale. Whether you just bought a house or you have lived there for a while, the fastest way to increase your home’s value is by making a plan. Talking with a quality agent is key, for gaining tips and keeping you updated on the trends of the neighborhood. They also will give you an honest assessment of your resale price.
De-cluttering is a form of cleaning. Just as dirt builds up, so does clutter. Don’t waste money moving your junk around. Get rid of it now. There are many creative ways you can dispose of those old things. You can have a garage sale or go on Facebook and see if your neighborhood has a marketplace where you can sell items. No matter which way you choose, de-cluttering and de-personalizing will help potential buyers envision their own possessions in your home. You want buyers to see themselves and their families enjoying that home as if it were theirs.
Walk across the street turn around and look at your home. Ask yourself does your home look attractive and welcoming? Then take a glance at your neighbors home. Is your landscape nice? Does it look structurally sound at first glance?
The goal is to guide your visitors eyes to a beautiful front yard. A nice front door is also a great focal point. Take a digital photo and look at your home in black and white. When the color is removed, the truth comes out. That is where you see the cracks in the walls and the glaring flaws. Keep things clean and tidy. Talk to your neighbors because this affects them too. Curb appeal doesn’t stop at your property line. Your home will be more valuable if you live in a place where everyone pays attention to appearance.
One of the smallest investment you can make before resale is a pre-inspection. One of the most stressful times for everyone in the buying/selling process is during the inspection. That’s because if something comes back saying there are issues the buyer will ask for a price reduction and it can be as much as 2 to 4 times more than what repairing the issue in advance would have cost. Understanding what should be included in the pre-inspection and what should be left to the professionals can make a difference in thousands of dollars.
Kitchens & Bathrooms will sale your home
- Do a mini-remodel. Change the paint. It sounds simple, but it works. Also go visit some model homes in your area and check out the trends as far as paint color and fixtures.
- Go stainless steel. The cold feel of steel is a hot ticket item for buyers. Transition your appliances as they wear out and go with a similar metallic look in your light switches. Focus on your faucet. Bathrooms are not utilitarian anymore. People like to feel relaxed, like they are in a spa. Drop-sinks are old news, people want the under-mount sinks.
- Go granite or marble with your counter tops. If you are toying with the granite idea, your bathroom counter is most likely smaller than your kitchen counter and less expensive. This is a great place to start your first granite project.
- Nix the overhead lighting in favor of wall mounts to add warmth and value to your bathroom. Make sure that around your mirror you have even lighting with no side shadows.
- Upgrade your bath area. With an 85 percent return, install a shower with body sprays and stone surround tile. If you are not selling right away, you will feel like you are in a Zen garden every time you step into your bathroom.
- Keep it clean. Dirt and grime can become embedded in bathroom surfaces very quickly. Freshen it up with new grout.
Make a list. Once you have a categorized list, take a look and prioritize what is a real “must have” and what is more of a dream. Remember See if you can come away with a reasonable balance. Talk to a realtor to see what sort of return those improvements may bring. Some improvements will add considerably more value to your home than others.