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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Espie Agbaya…, Agent, Union City, CA
Fri Mar 2, 2012
Depending on your present budget and time frame, I would suggest packing up most of your stuff while sorting out what can go to donation or sale, and the rest organized, boxed in your garage. Cleanliness is the top of the list and cheapest way.
This include removing clutter inside and out and improving outside impression by doing a facelift of your front yard.

Home improvement at this point may not give too much of a return. Just fixing any broken fixtures or appliances helps specially true in the kitchen and bathrooms.

Start checking out open houses in your neighborhood so you have a better picture of the market in your area. Remember that more and more people now are looking for regular sale homes as distressed homes are getting to be a frustrating experience for the home buyer.
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Sally Blaze, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Fri Mar 2, 2012
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You've received some good information below. I would add that cleaning out closets can also be a help in selling your home. It may not bring a higher price for your home, but it might bring in an offer sooner. Specifically, I suggest removing "non-seasonal clothers" such as bulky jackets and sweaters. These can be boxed up in the spring and summer. Remove shoes you don't wear very often, especially ones that don't line up neatly like boots. Organize the hanging items in groups (pants, business shirts, blouses, skirts, etc) and have them all hanging in the same direction. This should make your closet look bigger...and who doesn't want a big closet?!

If nothing else, this is the first step in getting ready to move!

Sally Blaze
Alain Pinel Realtors
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Brian Ripp, Agent, Fremont, CA
Fri Mar 2, 2012
As Melody mentioned; curb appeal, kitchen, bathrooms and cleaning are the easy and best ways.
Your Realtor should be able to do a 'walk through' with you and show you some ideas.
Good luck, (we're here to help)

I have several blogs and tips for you, hope they help:






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Cindy OLeary, Agent, Fremont, CA
Fri Mar 2, 2012
The simplest and most cost-effective thing you can do is paint your home, inside and out. Then, clean it thoroughly, wash windows, spruce up landscaping. If your house is very old and you can afford it, swap out faucets or replace an old counter top with prefab granite pieces. Other more expensive upgrades include installing dual-pane windows,beefing up insulation, and installing copper piping.
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Alice Tam Ch…, , Fremont, CA
Wed Mar 7, 2012
You've received lots of great advice so far. I would recommend visiting competing homes for sale in your neighborhood and price range to see what they have to offer and offer more. There's a lot of competition between regular resale and distressed homes these days. You want to stand out and not have buyers think that you are distress seller. It's very important to create curb appeal because no matter how gorgeous your home is inside, if they don't like the outside, they're not going to see the inside. Taking care of all deferred maintenance, repairs that you will be responsible for anyway or could hold up a sale (I also recommend getting an inspection so you know what you're up against), fresh paint (NOT white or OFF-WHITE), update flooring, update light fixtures (you can always tell when a house was last updated by its lighting), appliances, thorough cleaning and decluttering. I have tons of great info on my blog with cost effective tips and examples at http://AliceTChan.com so feel free to browse. Obviously, the extent that you update would depend on the condition of the home, the price range of the home, etc. Know who your target buyer is because you want to tailor your home to attract those folks. A seasoned Realtor and/or Staging Professional would be able to assist you. Remember, it's not just about making it pretty, it's about getting it SOLD so be careful of just doing fluffy things with no value.

Good luck!!!
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