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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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Diane Beck’s answer
As previously mentioned staging is number one on the list. In a matter of a few hours a home staging professional can perform a staging evaluation. It will start with curb appeal and walk through of your entire home making recommendations for improvements to prepare the home for sale. Most often these improvements can be done by the homeowner at a reasonable cost. Simple changes can make a huge difference. In addition to a clean updated home the right paint colors, furniture and accessory placement will enhance the best features of each room. This enables the home to be photographed well which is critical in home sales today. Buyers are looking on line first and will bypass any homes that aren't aesthetically appealing.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 3, 2012
I think the answers from the other agents mostly cover it, but staging was number 1 on HGTV's top 25 things a seller should do. See the web refernce below, if furnished the home can be staged for as little as $295.00
Best of Luck!
Gardner Reddinger Team
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Recommend these in order. Get rid of clutter. Clean every where. Then Paint anything that looks warn. These are almost always the best bang for the buck. I have seen people pay for a stager before cleaning. That is money wasted but after the fresh paint it can be a good investment.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
There are many ways to increase the value of a home before you sell it. However a better question is what are some effective ways to realize a better return on the money you invest to increase the value of your home before selling. There are improvements that you can do that while they may help to increase the value of your home they will cost more then you will get in return for the money spent on the improvement.

Usually the least expensive modifications may be the most effective and best return for the money invested. Things like a good cleaning and sprucing up, painting and floors coverings, and sprucing up the landscaping. Also first impression are important so attention to the front of the house, the front door and the what you see when you first enter the home can help maximize your return. You should also pay close attention to staging and you do not have to spend a lot of money on it by using the attributes of the home that are the most desirable and dressing it up a little with flowers, nice bedspreads and linens, etc. Most importantly, clean, declutter, polish, clean and clean.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
My suggestions would be the following:

1. Look at your curb appeal. Consider a fresh coat of paint on your front door. Does your landscaping look fresh and well maintained. Remember you don't get a second chance to make that first impression
2. Consider a coat of paint on your interior walls and trim. Nothing can freshen rooms faster than freshly painted walls and trimwork that is not peeling and chiping
3. Consider low cost updates. For example new decorative pillows, new cabinet hardware for your kitchen and baths.
4. Consider replacing any old/dated light fixtures. This alone can really spruce up a room
5. Don't overlook your lighting. Ensure that each room is light and bright. Replace any old/burnt out bulbs and even add extra lights where needed
6. Clean, Clean, Clean and Declutter. Every home shows so....... much better when it is super clean and most of the kick knacks etc. are removed. Remember that you want buyers to look at your home and not all of your things. Consider possibly renting off site storage or a POD to allow you to lighten rooms and have them show the very best that they can.
Good luck with your preparation and eventual sale!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Make sure it is spotlessly clean
Freshly Painted
Good Curb Appeal - Clean, Friendly and Welcoming
Clean Carpet or Polish Floors
Consider Staging

Those are the easy things you can do and don't underestimate how much they can add to the value. From there just remember that Kitchens and Bathrooms sell homes, anything you do with them should improve your value.

Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
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