Naturally, when you put your home on the market, you want to sell it for the highest possible amount of money. Making some simple changes and updates to it can help you to accomplish this goal. Discover 5 things you can do to increase the value of your home.
Arrange for a Home Inspection
Get an inspection of your home completed by a reputable company. This service costs approximately $200 to $300. Providing official documentation from a home inspector (and fixing the items mentioned in the report) gives buyers peace of mind about the condition of your home. A well-kept house is more valuable than one that’s not been maintained over the years. Buyers see a home they won’t have to dedicate a lot of time and money to before they can enjoy living there.
Declutter and Clean Your Home
Taking the time to declutter your home and clean it makes it look better for potential buyers who walk through it. Plus, when you don’t have items stuffed in a closet or piled on tables, it can make your home appear bigger. A clean, decluttered home is going to make it more appealing to buyers and increase its value. As a bonus, you won’t have to haul as many items to your new home when it’s your day to move!
Find a way to Increase Living Space
If you have an unfinished room or attic, making it a livable space greatly increases the value of your home. Sometimes a concrete pad out back can turn into a screened in, livable porch area. Outdoor furniture, plants, firepits, and other décor that may be stored in your house now, can be used to create a beautiful patio that increases the value of your home. Even a simple awning can help cool your home which decreases the amount of power you use to air condition your home.
Consider Getting New Floors
If the floor tile in your kitchen, bathrooms or hallway looks worn out, it’s worth your time to replace it. In addition, you can choose affordable flooring that looks impressive. Potential buyers want to see floors that look new without scuffs or marks on them. Consider updating your tile or other type of flooring to make it more modern and increase your home’s value in the process.
Paint Your Rooms
Painting your rooms accomplishes a few purposes. For one, paint can make a room appear larger. This is especially true if you choose light-colored paint that reflects natural light. If you have a room painted in dark blue or green, repaint it using beige or another light, neutral color. You’ll be surprised at how much bigger the space looks!
Another purpose of repainting is to give the room a fresh look. This includes a new color on the walls as well as a new coat of white paint on the trim. Keep in mind that you want to use neutral colors so it’s easy for potential buyers to envision the bright or dramatic colors they’d choose for the walls. Painting a room yourself is an inexpensive yet dramatic way to change the look of the space. Giving your place some fresh color can certainly add value to your home.
Consider Some Kitchen and Bathroom Updates
Most potential buyers focus a lot of attention on the kitchen and bathrooms in a home. Making updates in your kitchen can go a long way to increasing the value of your home. One idea is updating your old kitchen faucets with a more modern style. Replace your old countertops with attractive marble or granite. Sometimes just a few updates in a kitchen can get the attention of enthusiastic buyers.
Update the faucets, tile, mirror, or vanity in your bathroom. Or, change the lighting to make it softer and more inviting. A few simple updates can make a big difference in the tone of any room.
Lastly, dedicating time and money to making some changes and updates to your home can make it all the more appealing in the eyes of buyers.
About The Author: Austin Winder is a Public Relations Specialist and contributing author for Berges Trenton Awning. He lives in Memphis, TN and graduated with a business and marketing degree from the University of Memphis.
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