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What are some effective ways to increase the value of your home before selling?

Asked by Trulia, San Francisco, CA Fri Mar 2, 2012

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John Meyers’ answer
If you want to keep it low cost, one word: Paint. Painting with neutral colors will make the most difference and freshen up your home.

Next would be freshing up your kitchen, baths, and curb appeal. This can get expensive, however, lower cost options such as refacing kitchen cabinets will keep your costs down.

When you are done 'freshing up", keep the property clean and stage it if you can.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 12, 2012
There are many things you can do to increase it's value....the first impression is the most critical so first make sure there is landscaping that enhances the appearance of the home. Then you want to make sure the entrance is clean and attractive. Once inside everyone women looks at the kitchen and bathrooms so you can make each look better with nice new cabinet fronts, inexpensive granite counters and simple stainless appliances. Finally if you hardwood floors ..show them off and take away all the clutter.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 3, 2012
You got to be move in ready. Any painting, decluttering, etc you can do to make it look great the better. A nice kitchen, bath, and hardwood are also always big selling points. If it shows well, its priced right, it will move today!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
First impressions are lasting impressions. Curb appeal is important,the grass cut, shrubs trimmed,weeds pulled,
no peeling paint on the outside. Inside clean,fresh neat,a fresh coat paint does wonders. Stage the home, situate the furniture giving open appearance. Clear out all clutter,pictures and statues pack them away. Counters, refrigerator cleaned off all clutter. Even organize the closets,buyer do check them out. Have a realtor
give you comparisons in the area and you check if replacing items will bring you in more buyers that will buy
your property. Debbie Bergthold-Smith Classic Real Estate
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
As with anything these days, first impressions are critical. Are your online pictures showing your home in it's best light to draw buyers for a visit. First impressions are also important when a buyer drives up to the home, landscaping is essential.

View your home as it you wer a buyer looking to purchase. You can add value to your home by updating or repairing you kitchen and baths - the first place buyers may be looking. You may not be able to add square footage but decluttering your home (you may want to remove some furniture to open the space) will give the impression of a larger area. Finished basements may put you over the competition in the pricing war.

A fresh coat of paint, clean windows and a warm and welcoming home will impress any buyer!

Only you as the seller can determine what you can spend to make these improvements to sell. Ask a local Realtor in your area to help determine if you'll get your money out of making specific improvements. all areas are different
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Ask yourself this: If I drove past my house would I want to go in?

Curb appeal is the first impression. If the driveway or lawn of facade don't look "perky" the prospect buyer may think "if it looks like that from the outside, I'm not expecting too much more from the inside".

This translates to extra time & money invested into getting this to where the buyer may want it to be. Of course assuming it's for his/her residence and not an investor.

On the other hand, if it's an investor his/her first thought may be "low ball" and then comes the long list of what's wrong with with your house.....

The rest is common sensical: declutter, clean, paint, refresh make it smell nice, show off the square footage, the floors, let the light in, turn on all the lights.

Hope this helps.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
In this market you need to decide whether you want to sell a home move in ready or whether you want to forgo any updates and make it priced to go fast. This is a decision to make based on your budget and what you want to get for your home and more importantly, what it will appraise for. Contact a few Realtors and find out the market and appraisal value first. Then decide what your best return on investment is.

When you decide to sell, remember the five senses and make the house appealing in all ways. Plus, don't be picky about showing times. Buyers are in charge. It is an inconvenience, but if they don't see it, they can't buy it.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Make sure its clean and that it smells good. Don't cook something 15 min before a showing. Throw out the garbage. Use air fresheners, but dont overdo it. Make sure your lawn is mowed. Keep a clear wide path throughout the house.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Consult with an agent before you do anything. Sometimes sellers fix something buyers don't really care about so get advice before beginning. Kitchens really sell a house. By adding new appliances, granite or a painting the cabinets you can give the kitchen a new look without spending a ton of money.
You can really increase the saleability if your house by making it white glove clean. Clean it as if the queen was coming to stay for a week. People really fall for that and pay more when cleaning costs you nothing. That's a 1000% return!
Good luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
You should consider getting rid of "stuff". Put it in the garage, rent a storage, store at your relatives place. Consider the placement of furniture to have a good tour path. It would be good to have a different set of eyes, a Realtor, look it over when you are ready. Small touchups are a given. Painting rooms doesn't add because buyers will wonder what you are covering up and their colors are different.
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Remove clutter. Take everything out of each room that keeps from having a clear path and an easy flow from roomto room. If necessary, rent a storage to keep everything not needed each day. The easy things like fix leaky faucets, replace bulbs, touch up paint, etc. Look at your home as a buyer. Are there broken tile? Is the carpet dirty?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 13, 2012
the entire investment should be made in the front presentation of the property
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