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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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Jose Rivas, Agent, Baltimore, MD
Mon Mar 5, 2012
There are several tips and suggestions to improve the appeal of your home, but every situation is unique, some houses just need a clean up and repaint, some need more remodeling and even renovations. For the best answer to your question I recommend to interview a few agents and write down their recommendations.
Most of the other answers have touch on the overall basics, but at the end of the day the appraisal value of the home is a subjective value based on property condition and size.
The other things that everybody else is suggesting are just things to bring the appeal of the home for future buyers. That is why I say that every case is unique and there is no a one size fits all type of answer for your question.
Best of luck.

Jose Rivas
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Robert McArt…, Agent, Fallston, MD
Fri Mar 2, 2012
You do not have to go through a remodeling project to get the best dollar for your home in this market. Here are some helpful tips before listing your home for sale. When my Seller's accomplish most if not all the things on this list, we generally get an acceptable contract in less than 30 days.

1) Spruce up the yard - trim bushes and low tree limbs..Make sure grass is trimmed and neat.
2) De-Clutter your home - I can help you with this on our first appointment!
3) Wash walls and windows
4) Add a fresh coat of interior paint if needed
5) Put up fresh curtains and blinds or have them cleaned.
6) Install modern light switches and outlets
7) Clean your carpets professionally
8) Re-Finish Kitchen cabinet doors if needed
9) Up the wattage of your lights to make things brighter in the home
10) Wood trim and cornicing are a cheap and easy do it yourself idea that can add tons of "WOW" factor to the look of your home

If you are looking for the opinion of a REALTOR, please feel free to contact me anytime. Watch my Visual Tours on my website and see for yourself that a little TLC can go a long way in receiving an acceptable offer on your home.
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Robert Mcgee, Agent, Baltimore, MD
Fri Mar 2, 2012
These are the low cost things tat you can do yourself:

1) De-clutter, especially the closets and storage areas.
2) Shampoo the carpets and wax the floors.
3) Clean the kitchen and baths including the appliances.
4) Touch up the paint and if necessary repaint...especially if any rooms have dark or unusual colors.
5) Wash the windows.
6) Paint the front door and trim and pay careful attention to the foyer. that is the first thing people see.
7) Repair things that appear to be broken like kitchen cabinets, gutters and downspouts.
8) Attend to the landscaping, trim overgrown bushes, cut the grass, put a few flowers out.

And most importantly, make sure the home is competitively priced. You will have the most showings in the first two weeks. If the price is too high that will create a negative impression in the minds of the visitors, including their Realtor, that will be impossible to erase. You will have wasted valuable time. Make sure you peg the price based on actual sales of comparable homes within the last 6 months, not what people are asking. Ask the listing agent to do a detailed CMA and get a copy. Study it before you agree on a listing price. If you hope to sell to an owner occupant make sure the home will pass an inspection. If there are problems with the roof, the HVAC, plumbing, wet basement, be prepared make concessions.

Good luck.

Bob McGee
Advance Realty Timonium
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Carol Perdew, Agent, Manteca, CA
Fri Mar 2, 2012

Your agent should give you guidance on staging your home for selling. Less is better when showing a home. It is best to pack up extra things and put them in storage to open up your home. Painting a home will help give a fresh presentation. Have your carpets cleaned in addition to giving your home a good cleaning will give a good impression to buyers. Visit some of the news homes to get ideas on how to best stage a home.

Carol Perdew
Prudential California Realty
(209) 239-7979
DRE 985176
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Marney Kirk, Agent, Towson, MD
Fri Mar 2, 2012
I like how Trulia is throwing some good questions out here in Baltimore!

There are a number of ways you can try to increase the value of your home -- but they all depend on where your home is, what type of home yours is, and what is happening in the market around you.

De-cluttering is always a good thing, unless your house is vacant. People who are coming to look at your home want to see themselves there, and the current owners' things may detract from that ability.

Depending on advice from your agent, staging to sell is often a good idea, if you have the money to do so.

Other small fixes can be advised based on what your real estate agent sees when he or she enters the home & looks around with fresh eyes.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Marney Kirk
Keller Williams Excellence Realty
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Lisa A Timko, Agent, Strongsville, OH
Fri Mar 2, 2012
While there is no way to guarantee you will "increase" the value of your home by making major or minor improvements prior to selling, there are some things you can do to create more interest in your property. To me, curb appeal has always been at the top of the list. Unfortunately, owners don't always see their home the way passerbys do, so it's a good idea to get some input from your friends and neighbors about the exterior of your home. Things like old storm doors, rusted gutters, and weeds in your flower beds are a real turn-off to home buyers. They communicate a homeowner who either doesn't care or doesn't have the time to take care of their home. If those things are in clear view of the buyer, they will wonder what it is that they won't see. The yard should be nicely manicured. Invest in seeding or even sod. Make sure the window frames are not chipping. The front door should shine! If you have a dated storm door, replace it! Invest in some mulch and a few plants. Keep toys and yard tools put away. If you have a front door that is a bright color, or does not match the color of the house, by all means take the time to repaint it with a neutral color.

Good luck!
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Jill M. Zais, Agent, Baltimore, MD
Fri Mar 2, 2012
Mainly to de-clutter. The more stages the property looks, the better. Also, the same for the exterior and landscaping. If there is room in your equity to make improvements, let them be kitchen and bathroom, and fresh paint throughout the house. Good luck.
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Martin Tippet, Agent, Central Maryland, MD
Fri Mar 2, 2012
The most important way to increase value to the market and bank the most money in your sale is to sell with a licensed Realtor. Year after year, in sellers markets and in buyer markets, real estate agents get more money for homes and faster sales than owners are able to ... and some real estate agents get more for homes and faster sales than other real estate agents.

When you are ready to interview agents, I would appreciate the chance.
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