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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Leisa Wade, Agent, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fri Mar 2, 2012
Hello Seller,

I recommend doing any repairs that you are able, updating outdated appliances, a quick inexpensive makeover to landscaping and generally preparing your home as if your in-laws are coming to visit. ;) If you have more money to spend then I can send you a helpful guide to the top value-improving upgrades for home selling. Email me your email or mailing address and I will get it to you. http://www.GetLeisa.com
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Stefanie Coh…, Agent, Weston, FL
Fri Mar 2, 2012
Definately some good responses here....

I would add to that...

* de-clutter the kitchen...remove magnets from the refridgerator, remove small applicances from the counter tops, etc.
* new towels in the bathrooms, some silk plants or fresh flowers if so desired
* paint or clean the front door so the first impression is a good one. Also, polish the doorknobs
* dust and remove cobwebs from exterior entryway light fixtures
* dust interior ceiling light fixtures
* de clutter wherever you can....that is so important.
* Definately spruce up the outside with weed removal, some new flowers/plants, and fresh mulch

There are so many things that can be done with little or no cost, to increase the value of your home!

Stefanie Cohen, PA, ABR, SFR
Prudential Florida Realty
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Barbara East…, Agent, Pompano Beach, FL
Fri Mar 2, 2012
The best ways and least expensive ways would be 1. to de-clutter the house and put away all of the personal items that you can. Buyers want to imagine the house as theirs and too many personal items can be distracting. 2. Neutral paint colors, it doesn't matter how many times you tell Buyers to look past the paint on the walls sometimes that just can't do it. 3. Curb appeal, pull the weeds and trim the hedges. There is only one chance to make a good First Impression.

Barbara Easton-Irvin
Atlantic Properties International
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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Edyta Gryc, Agent, Naperville, IL
Fri Mar 2, 2012
- adding fresh coat of paint
- staging
- updated kitchen, bathrooms or refinish kitchen cabinets, install granite countertops, new appliances
- curb appeal
- upgrade floors to wood or tile / clean existing carpet (if any)
- create extra storage in garage (if any)
- eliminate clutter in the house
Keep the house clean
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Laurie Crisp…, Agent, Newton, MA
Fri Jul 27, 2012
You've got some great answers here as far as staging and updating already. Another tip is to pay for a home inspection before you list. Not many people do this, but if you uncover and address any issues before listing, you can avoid some costly issues down the road. Many times it's the things you CAN'T see that end up killing a deal, or keeping you from getting your price in the end.
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Chad Gray, Agent, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fri Jul 27, 2012
Quick and Easy: Clear clutter, fix broken items, clean and add a fresh coat of paint.

More Involved: Update the kitchen. Here's a post on Trulia about the topic -

Chad Gray, Realtor
Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale
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