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

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Some excellent answers here. I think Tammy Hayes covered all the most important issues.

Since this is still a buyers' market, I would simply add that you do everything within your budget to prepare for something as grand as the Queen visiting.

Walk around your house outside and inside, as if you were a potential buyer. We can get very emotional about our homes, but as hard as it may be, I suggest you try to look at your house very objectively - as a product you want to sell, not your home, and remove anything that could distract your potential buyers.

Spending a few dollars for fresh flowers can make a surprise impact. Everyone wants to buy a house that has been well-cared for.

Wishing you the very best,
William True, Exclusive Buyers Agent
Web Reference: http://www.TrueSarasota.com
2 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 3, 2012
I am not sure if anyone read the recent Sarasota Realtor magazine. In it, it has some tips on attracting foreign buyers. Some of these tips will increase your home perceived value for free. For example, to attract many Asian buyers, simply state the front door facing direction (eg. north), and state the house surroundings that is favor of Chinese FengShui will attract new buyers and make your property stand out. Of course you will also need an agent who understands foreign buyers and list your property in web sites like Juwei.com. In any case, if you want to find out more, check out http://www.facebook.com/sarasota.FL.Realtor
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 7, 2014
What can you do to make your home sell more quickly without a lot of expense? Curb appeal is a big deal. When someone drives by your home and it doesn't look appealing, they may just drive right by. In order to entice them to want to view your home, you must present a great exterior. This means a freshly mowed lawn, nice landscaping, flowers, painted or power washed siding, and repairing any damages to windows, doors, shutters, mailboxes, and screens.

After a buyer walks into your home they do not want to see a lot of clutter. Clutter distracts the buyer from seeing how they could use the same space. Box up items you don't need. Take away any furniture not being used or that is heavily damaged. Organize your drawers, cabinets and closets. Put away any personal photographs. And above all make sure your home is clean. It can't be stressed enough how important it is to have a clean home. This includes dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning carpets.

Another major tip in selling your home is to make sure that all items in the house are in working order such as door knobs, closet doors, cabinet doors, faucets, toilets, and appliances. If anything is not working properly, get it fixed.

Painting is an inexpensive way to spruce up your home. Paint doors, walls, ceilings, and trim in neutral or classic colors. Be sure to open any blinds, turn on lights and lamps. This creates a more open and bright feeling within the home.

Lastly, eliminate any odors in the home especially if you have pets. Set out a bowl of potpourri, burn candles, or bake cookies in the oven just before the home is being shown.
This is just a brief list of tips. Your Realtor can provide you with a comprehensive list of things to do to help sell your home.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL - tammyhayesre@gmail.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
I agree with Tammy and William. Great advice. I would also check your a/c vents. Many time they have dust and a little rust from condensation. Take them down and put a coat of white rustoleum paint on them. It is a nice finishing touch that people over look sometimes.

Good Luck!

Rebecca Brewer
Broker/Owner
Sunset Coast Properties LLC
941-914-1327
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 22, 2014
One of the two best things you can do is pressure wash the exterior and lay down fresh mulch. Those two things alone go a long way, believe it or not. Escpecially with buyers that are driving around looking in areas that they like. You don't want them just driving by. Plus, it makes the listing photos look better as well.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 15, 2014
Start with the exterior of your home, apply a fresh coat of paint, fertilize the lawn and flowers,
if no flowers in the lawn, have some added in pots or in the ground. Clean
and paint the deck, if you have one. Have the windows clean to let natural sunlight in and have
the buyer get a clear view of the fine San Francisco View, or new bridge ;-) , or the neighborhood.

First impression is the last impression.

Check, your front door and its condition, if it needs painting do paint it, or replace it with
an Environmentally safe new front door.

On the inside, have inspections done first, such as property, roof , termite.
Read the reports and have them corrected.

Then paint the inside, and have it staged. Staging runs about $2k-$3K for a 2000 sf home.
Clean out the garage, de personalize the home ( remove family pictures etc.).

If you have the funds, upgrade the Kitchen, the baths, appliances.

Refinish the Hardwood floors or put a neutral color carpet.

Read fine articles or blog posts on Trulia and other sites:

http://www.trulia.com/blog/perry_mistry/2013/08/top_remodeli…

http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2013/08/14/4-exteri…


Work with a Realtor who will aggressively market your home, before listing and during the listing.
Have a pricing strategy based on prevailing market conditions and then market it with conviction
on the Web, sites such as Trulia etc., and Print, magazines, newspapers, mail out cards to
renters and the neighbors.
A Realtor who creates awareness in the marketplace, after you have have done all the prep work,
prior to going to market is key. Keep in mind it is a joint effort between the Sellers and the
Realtor.

Good luck.
Perry
Web Reference: http://www.ruthandperry.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 3, 2013
clean and paint get rid of clutter and you can not go wrong you have no idea how many can not do just that.KISS keep it simple student. this is the best advise and it will coast close to nothing. My best advise without going into big expenditures Mike Beninato Re/Max alliance Group 941+479-2777 call me anytime.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Before I list any property I always get it staged...staging does wonders for you esp if you are on a budget. A good stager should be able to tell you what needs to be done. Usually declutter, paint, depersonalize and furniture layout to give potential buyers a good flow and sense of space. Clean clean clean also sells houses faster. If you have some money maybe update kitchen counters and appliances and bathrooms. Curb appeal is also important. Hope this helps. Teresa Chang from NY Westchester County.
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