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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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Like many have suggested, you should do the little things - make your property polished and inviting to a buyer. This includes minor landscaping, cleaning, decluttering/staging etc.

I also recommend to all of my clients that we walk through the home together if they are considering any large improvements. Remodeling your bathroom or painting your living room doesn't necessarily increase the value of your home in the current market. Find a local expert and ask for their advice. If your future business is important to them, they will gladly advise you.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 3, 2012
Preparing your home for sale doesn't have to be a costly undertaking and can achieved by investing some time, elbow grease, and of course, a little money.

We often recommend our new sellers to consider the following:

1. de-clutter, time to lawn sale or invest in a storage container to eliminate unnecessary junk.

2. organize, clean you closets, ditch the refrigerator magnets, no more parking 18 pairs of shoes at every entrance to your home, garages, attics, and cellars should be weeded out.

3. deep cleaning, cupboards, windows, woodwork, ovens, stoves, microwaves, carpets etc. should be squeaky clean.

4. Fix-up time, remember all of those little repair projects that have been put off....it's now time to put up or shut up,

5. Paint is really inexpensive but can make a world of difference. Invest a few days before listing your home giving needed areas a fresh look. It can make you thousands....

6. Curb appeal, is one of the most important feature for home buyers and it's often what gets people into a home. Don't list your home until it's ready to "shine" and put its best foot forward.

7. Planting and maintaining plant life can tell a story about the owner's level of "pride of ownership." A well maintained yard and grounds can make a statement about a home that buyers can't overlook.

8. Less is more. In most cases, owners should consider removing some furniture and personal items that have accumulated over the years. They may mean something to you but are of no significance to the buyer.

Best wishes with your sale.

Bill
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu May 3, 2012
1. Cleanliness - sounds simple but goes aloooong way.
2. Neutralize colors - bold colors are out and so is white think beige, cream with some gray tones on walls
3. Updated light fixutres, plumbing fixtures, hardware on doors
4. Attractive landscaping - no need to spend a lot but enough to make it welcoming
If you need my help selling give me a call!
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Keller Williams Heritage
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
After you've done all that people have said below, ask for some opinions from others. Of course, one is from your Realtor. If you are still in the interviewing process, ask for their feedback as they tour your home during the listing presentation. If you've selected your Realtor, you might ask if he/she will bring their office or "buddy" realtors over for a preliminary walk through and feedback before you put it in the MLS.

This is also a great stage to consider paying for the expertise of a stager, before you change paint colors but after you've de-cluttered, and cleaned. Let them guide you for current colors, furniture and accessory placements. You'd be really surprised what a good stager can do with a minimal amount of time and money!

Ask your friends and family for input - but only those who you know will be honest. Get your thick skin on and take the constructive criticism!

SMELLS can be a real stopper the minute we open the front door with a client. Don't mask with overpowering room fragrances, although a pleasant one done with a light touch is nice. If there's an issue with smells, get to the root of the problem and eliminate it.

Pleasant, easy listening music playing in the background during the tour of a wonderfully staged home is very inviting. That's the feel you want to create!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 17, 2012
When it comes to 100K-400K. if the house needs a good feature shot of a shoot. invest about 500 bucks to increase the curb appeal of your house. it makes sure your house has a less amount of work needed to be done.

If the flow of the house is obstructed by repairs, best believe they are going to look at the house as a ton of work even if its just little things. eliminate dated items, invest a little bit to make you house stand out.. and of course make sure your agent uses a professional photographer that last more than 3 hours on shooting your house. In this market photos have to be good.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 17, 2012
Look at your home as if you are the buyer. First impressions go a long way. Ensure the exterior is mowed, edged, mulched and that your home looks nice as the buyer parks their car. Ensure interior is clean, and I do mean clean. Windows and everything else. Ensure all bulbs are burning, all paint is fresh. Increasing value of your home prior to selling could include anything from updating the kitchen and/or bathrooms to replacing dated flooring. Quick inexpensive updating could simply mean replacing cabinet hardware - not installing granite counters. Should you have any questions, feel free to call me.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu May 3, 2012
Landscape....Paint....Clean Clean Clean
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Just curious...it appears that, as Trulia staff, you're asking this question in several markets and states, including Hawaii.

Will you be sharing these answers with the Realtor community, or will the answers be used to communicate with Trulia visitors, or both?

It would be interersting to see the various opinions...

Thanks!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
I have 4 lists I send to my Sellers. They put these Honey-Do-Lists on the fridge and work them with me. My Texas Buyers often have to sell out-of-state first...
Get me your email address this weekend.
210-452-6480
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Clean Clean Clean and then clean it again.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Holy moly!! This will take a lot more space than we have room for here...

Ok.. here's a great little way to see what needs to be done...

Go see all of the homes in your neighborhood that are currently for sale. Be sure to take good notes as to what they are listed for, and how they compare to your property. That right there shows you what your competition is for the same buyer.

So, you make adjustments to your home based on what you have seen that make sense, and be sure to price your home just below the home that is most like yours. What this will do for you is have all the other homes in the market help to sell yours! Works like a charm.

Just one little nugget... but I'm short on time.

Jason
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
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