Thursday, August 9, 2018
By Kelsey Comyack
Home value

How to Increase the Value of Your Home

guest blogger: Cameron Tumbleston

        Planning on selling your home in the near future?  There are so many factors to think about when placing your home on the market! So before inviting potential buyers into your home, consider the following tips on how to increase your home’s value that may make selling your home a bit easier and hopefully less stressful!

Start with curb appeal- landscaping is so important!  The outside of your home is the first thing a potential buyer sees, and if they are turned off by your yard, they won’t even go inside!  So put your green thumb to work, or invest in the services of a landscaping company, and adorn the front of your home with some plants that are native to your area.  Native vegetation will require less maintenance and watering- which is particularly helpful if you are not actually living in the house while it’s on the market. 

Next, consider hiring a professional cleaning company to come in and scrub your house from top to bottom.  You can usually find a good group of people to come in, clean from the ceilings to the baseboards, and give everything a glorious shine for about $200-$300. A fresh coat of paint on the interior walls is always appealing to buyers.  Spend the money on sprucing up your walls; however remember that neutrals are the way to go- this color family definitely attracts more people than brighter, bolder colors.

An inexpensive luxury that buyers absolutely love is a water filtration system installed in the kitchen.  The fact that they can save on bottled water, and also help the environment, is a definite plus when they are considering purchasing your home!  A great system can usually be installed for less than $500, which, in the grand scheme of selling a home, is definitely worth it.

Visually increase your square footage.  Install blinds rather than curtains to allow more light to permeate the rooms.  Consider adding a large mirror in the bigger rooms of the house, and make sure that all the clutter is clear!  If you are actively living in the house, and have a lot of “things,” a shelving unit with your possessions neatly organized may be a good investment. And speaking of organizing, if you really have a lot of “stuff” and want someone else to help you make your home most presentable, it may be a good idea to spend a few hundred bucks and hire a professional organizer for a day.  He or she can give you some very valuable pointers to get that home sold fast!

Consider replacing old carpets with tile or laminate.  These types of flooring are so much more appealing to homebuyers, especially those with pets or children.
Add energy efficient fixtures- such as ceiling fans.  You can cite this seemingly minor detail in the listing description of your home, and you may be surprised by the satisfaction this gives to many home shoppers.  Also, think about installing modern faucets in your showers- people love the idea of a relaxing shower oasis made possible by waterfall showerheads and body spray faucets. Consider a few DIY projects, such as eliminating all popcorn ceilings, installing an eye-catching backsplash in the kitchen, and replacing, or thoroughly deep cleaning, old grout in tile showers.  Tutorials for each of these projects can be found on YouTube.

Lastly, focus on your kitchen and bathrooms, as these are the most important rooms in the house to a potential buyer.  If budget allows, consider upgrading to new energy efficient, stainless steel appliances.  Shop for a rolling island to place in the center of the kitchen, as long as it doesn’t take up too much space.  And if you don’t already have granite countertops, now would be the time to invest in them.  Many a buyer has been turned off by old, outdated, and seemingly cheap kitchen counters.

So there you go.  Utilize these tips and tricks to get your house ready for the booming buyer’s market, and hopefully sell your home quickly and easily!


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