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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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All of the aforementioned suggestions are very vital to getting the most out of your house. I would add, remove any family pictures. You want people to imagine their family living there and not visiting you. Another thing some people don't realize is some houses have an odor when you first come in the door. It could be from something that has recently been cooked, it could be pets (ugh), it could be cigarette smoke (double ugh). Get rid of all things that could cause your house to smell. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most popular rooms for updating. If you need new appliances, get them. If your cabinets are in good shape but dated, painting or refinishing and changing the hardware will go a long way. Get rid of old and torn towels and rugs. It doesn't cost a lot of money to go to Target or Wal-Mart and do a mini-staging. You don't have to spend thousands of dollars, just freshen up. Last but far from least, as the others have recommended, clean out closets, cabinets, get rid of anything you haven't used in the last 2 years. Hope this helps.
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The basics will always help:
Declutter - from magazines stashed in a basket/on tables to clearing out closets, the pantry, and the garage. I'm always startled by a 'spring-loaded' closet, for heavens sake, people need to see if all their stuff will fit, so let them see (and using a group like Freecycle.org is a fab way to cleanse)
Pick up the odd stuff on the outside, spruce up the trim, clean the exterior windows, clean the gutters, etc.
Clean, Clean, CLEAN. Let your place sparkle. Literally start at the top and work your way down. If you think it is clean, clean it again. Seriously.
The key is to not go overboard with fixing up. A kitchen re-do will not recoup your full investment, ditto for a bathroom. Go to open houses in your area and see what other homes look like, see where yours is better and worse and step it up to be the best around.

Good luck!
Claire-Anne Aikman
317.345.6640
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Hello,
Curb appeal is the first place to start. If you have over grown trees blocking the view of your home you will want to trim them. Also make sure the home is easy to find by painting the mail box and placing new numbers on it. Updating the kitchen and bathroom will often give you the best return on your investment. Feel free to contact me with any additional concerns that you have.

Thank you,
Tamara Allen
Carpenter Realtors
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Hi San Francisco,

Clean, declutter. Tidy up the approach to the house and install a working lock
(not one that is not tarnished and a struggle to turn) if necessary, so the first
impression is a good one. Then fresh paint / clean carpet ... then updated
plumbing fixtures and lights where needed.

There are extra reports on my web page.

Thanks for asking and good luck,

Marita
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I agree with other comments. Be careful not to over improve for current pricing we are getting on homes and getting it to look beautiful is important. Space sells. Declutter. But another area that makes a difference - remove shiny brass light fixtures if you still have them. Then the door hardware needs updating too.
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Before doing anything to your home, have a free consultation with a Realtor. If there are numerous foreclosures in the area, you may be wasting your time and money doing improvements that will not yield you the results that you desire. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a home to help with presenting the home well...don't forget to paint the trim! Just painting the walls can be a big mistake if you have trim that was last painted when the home was built.

Updating the flooring should be a priority if it makes sense compared to your target selling price. Homes with fresh paint and new flooring always sell faster. Buyers like to see updated appliances too. Energy efficiency sells!

Tony Wilson
Keller Williams Realty
tonywilson@kw.com
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Having your home "show ready" will always increase the value when selling. Make it look as much like a model home as possible. That means it is spotlessly clean, with no needed repairs and is staged well. Next you might consider any updates that are needed in the kitchen and bathrooms.
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