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By Adrian Willanger | Managing Broker in Shoreline, WA

Choosing the Right Home Improvements To Raise the Value Of Your Home

You hear a lot of talk about the need to do home improvements to add value to your Seattle home. While some improvements will definitely add a lot of value to your home, there are some that won’t increase the price at all. When you are thinking of doing home improvements as an investment that will pay off down the road later, you’ll want to know what type is of improvements you should be doing to raise your Seattle home’s value.

The first thing that you need to realize before attempting to do any type of home improvements, is that the potential buyer is not even going to be able to see any of them if your Seattle house is a cluttered mess and your yard looks like it is the local neighborhood dumping zone. Make sure that you put the basics into place including landscaping, painting, carpet cleaning, wall cleaning etc. before doing any other improvements. The improvements you make need to be seen by the people that are viewing your Seattle home, and they won’t be noticed if your house is in a bad state of affairs.

The things that affect the value of your home the most include its square footage, where the bedrooms are located, the design and how many bedrooms there are. If you can improve on any of these factors, there’s a good chance that you will see the value of your home increase significantly.

Something like adding crown molding to your home is not going to increase the value. It will make your Seattle house look nice, which may give you a faster sale, but you can’t really expect to get any extra money out of your home by adding this molding. That’s where the confusion lies.

There are a lot of things you can do to your home to make it sell faster but that does not necessarily mean that it will increase the value of your home. These are two completely separate entities that need to be kept in different compartments. If you start assuming that you can raise the value of your Seattle home by doing small things that make your home look better, you’re mistaken in most cases.

Ask your real estate agent about any possible improvements that you can do to raise the value of your Seattle home. He’ll be able to offer some sound advice that will actually increase the price of your home when you decide to sell it later.

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