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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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Kieran M. Jackson’s answer
Hello "Trulia",

An ingenious way to increase the value of your home would be to add a renewable energy source. Something very green. I have a contact at solar panel firm that will install panels at NO CHARGE to the homeowner. Its a government subsidized program. It's very smart.

If you would like to hear more, please contact me.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
Kieran Jackson, CA DRE #01903647
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
213.632.8484 Direct
KieranJackson@KW.com

Short Sale Specialist (SFR)
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jun 5, 2012
Check out my Trulia blog "Top 5 Tips for DIY Staging" on this very subject, applicable anywhere you live!

http://www.trulia.com/blog/chrisspalding/
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 11, 2012
Make it look pretty!

Clean the clutter
Work on the landscape
fresh paint
remove any old cars from driveway!

Keep it looking sharp at all times!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
The best thing you can do is make sure any needed repairs are made. New or newer kitchen and baths are good selling points. A green cut and well trimmed lawn is key. If it has been a while since you painted, a fresh coat of paint will help. Try to avoid bright or very deep colors.

Paint the front door and polish or replace the house numbers.

Now I have just given you some tips to make your home's "APPEAL INCREASE". High appeal means your home may spend less time on the market, and attract more possible buyers..

As far as increasing the dollar value of your home, I am afraid your home will most likely sale for what similar homes in your area have recently sold for.

Too often sellers think that because they have the nicest home on the block they can list it above what everything else has sold for. Try to avoid this.

Best of luck to you.

Kawain Payne, Realtor
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Curb appeal should be the first thing to consider. If a buyer is not "sold" on the exterior appearance of your home, it will be difficult to motivate them to want to see the interior. How the home appears on the exterior will establish the mindset of the buyer before they even enter the property. Homes with a nicely landscaped yard and some colorful plants will help capture a buyer's eye and draw them inside.

Now is also the time to make the effort to spruce up the premises and fix all those items you have learned to live with as the owner of the property. Remember, all those little things that need to be corrected, will add up in a buyer's mind and will be reflected in the offer price.

Once inside, do not expect a buyer to be able to "look past the clutter." Although some buyers are very savvy and are able to see the potential a home has to offer, many buyers will be instantly turned off and may even overlook the home's special features. I always tell my seller's when they are thinking about selling, to start with three piles when they start to de-clutter. One pile is to keep and box, another pile is to donate, and the other pile is to throw out.

As far as the items that are kept, box them up if do not need them on a daily basis. Label your boxes so you will not only be organized when you relocate, but buyers will see neatly stacked boxes in the garage with labels and will just dismiss the boxes as being part of the moving process. Do not just shove everything into "that away space" and think because it is out of sight, it won't be noticed. Buyer's will open drawers and cupboards and closets. Your neatly stored items and creative use of storage containers will also show the buyers that there is ample storage in their new home.

Although staging has its benefits, many people are not able to afford a professional stager. But, often friends, family, and even your agent can suggest things that can be done to make the rooms appear larger and more inviting. Be receptive to new ideas and new placement of the furniture. Although off-site storage can get expensive, if you have alot of belongings and wish to take them with you to your new location, it might be worth considering a unit for the short term.

Not everyone is into bold and bright colors in a room, but if you, the seller, do not wish to convert to neutral or warm tones on the walls, at least make certain that you have taken care of any cosmetic work that may be necessary. The less items that a buyer notices, no matter how small, will tend convey a higher pride of ownership on your part and confidence in how the home has been maintained.

If possible, create outdoor seating and private retreat areas. A simple bistro table and chairs in the corner of a small backyard will convey the image of a place to relax on a summer evening. Again, if possible, invest in some colorful hanging or potted plants around the patio or yard. Remember though, plants in the ground are not considered personal property and can not be removed without prior stipulation.

Most importantly, do not try to do everything at the last minute or right before the first open house or broker caravan. Give yourself plenty of time to get everything done, but don't procastinate either. If you have the time and if the opportunity presents itself, it is sometimes helpful to tour some open houses in your area and give yourself a better idea of the competitiion. It just might give you some new ideas when you go back to make your house a new home for someone else.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Increasing the value in your home is not as difficult as most people think, there are a few inexpensive tips that I tell all home sellers.

These are:
- De-clutter, when you are selling your home, it needs to become as 'model home' like as possible. That means, if your closets are completely stuffed with clothes, shoes etc. go through your closets and take out everything you don't plan on wearing for the next 4 months.
- Remove all personal pictures. When a home buyer looks at homes, it is always an awkward experience because they are walking into another persons most personal space. Make your home feel as less personal as you can.
- Sunlight, when selling your home, sunlight is your biggest friend, make sure all blinds are open, and that no furniture is blocking the light.
- If you have extremely personalized tastes, and this is reflected in wallpaper, wall paint, carpets etc. neutralize. Paint is an inexpensive fix and can change a room like nothing else. Again, your home is no longer your personal sanctuary, it is now an asset you are needing to sell. You wouldn't go on a first date having just rolled out of bed and throwing on your closest pair of sweatpants. Treat your home the same way you would/have treated yourself when getting ready to meet a potential partner for the first time.
This leads me to the most effective way to increase value in your home for free, CLEAN. So many times I will take clients into homes that are filled with clutter, that are dirty. No prospective buyer wants to know you ate cereal this morning because you left the dirty bowl in the sink.

Selling your house or condo is a commitment. You have to clean it every single time a prospective buyer comes to see it. De-clutter, neutralize, de-personalize and clean your home. You will be amazed at the responses you will get and an aesthetically pleasing home always brings in higher offers than one that isn't.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Attention to detail says: "This house has been maintained all along" Little things ilke peeling paint at the doorway, untended garden, floors that don't shine, or carpet that has pet odors are big turn offs.

Paint is the number one fix. Cleaning - scouring the little corners and details is very important. The curb appeal, walk to the door and everything you can see while standing there will set the "tone" of expectations. Did you know most buyers already have decided what the inside will look like before the door is unlocked? Once inside, they will find reasons to support their original assumption. In other words, if by their approach, everything they've seen so far tells them to expect a neat freak and impeccable maintenance, they'll see how it's mostly clean, and forgive a few "hairs out of place". On the other hand, if their initial impression says, "deferred maintenance", they will notice every single boo boo, torn screen, chipped woodwork, etc.

Walk through your house like a stranger… does it look like a happy, healthy, fun loving and successful person lives here? It should, if you want to sell for top dollar. People psychologically move in when they tour homes. A house should say to them, "hey I can be this really cool, happy and successful person, if only I live here…." You don't want your house to say to them, "Please rescue me…I know I need a lot of work, but I'm lonely here!"
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 16, 2012
Dear Trulia,
Well some of the simpliest things are the least expensive and most effective in my professional opinion.
1. Clean clean and clean some more!(everything should sparkle!)
2. Mow the grass, pull the weeds, water and plant some flowers
3. De-Clutter (put un needed items in storage)

These three things will help tremendously!

Happy Selling
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 10, 2012
Dear Trulia,
Well some of the simpliest things are the least expensive and most effective in my professional opinion.
1. Clean clean and clean some more!(everything should sparkle!)
2. Mow the grass, pull the weeds, water and plant some flowers
3. De-Clutter (put un needed items in storage)

These three things will help tremendously!

Happy Selling
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 10, 2012
Dear Trulia,
Well some of the simpliest things are the least expensive and most effective in my professional opinion.
1. Clean clean and clean some more!(everything should sparkle!)
2. Mow the grass, pull the weeds, water and plant some flowers
3. De-Clutter (put un needed items in storage)

These three things will help tremendously!

Happy Selling
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 10, 2012
1. Clean
2. Organize the clusters
3. Trim your greens outside

When it comes to value, you will be surprised how much actual buyers prefer the homes that people actually live and enjoy living versus expensive replacements they just added.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
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