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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David Cooper, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Fri Mar 9, 2012
X. Declutter: Believe it or not space is one of the top selling points for a home. Before you spend one penny on improvements, sort, donate, and declutter all rooms in your home.

X Clean: This tip seems obvious, but the level of cleanliness needs to feel like you’re staying at a posh hotel. Clean all windows, carpets, furniture, closets, and bathrooms thoroughly. Consider buying new towels, rugs, bedding, and window treatments to inexpensively add value to your home

X. Curb Appeal: Homebuyers make up their mind about your home before they step in the front door. Ensure your landscaping, lawn, and flowering beds are free of weeds and debris. Walk around the entire house and remove toys, fix lighting, and sprinkler heads. At the front entry consider repainting the front door and adding a pot of fresh flowers.

X Paint: Fresh paint in neutral colors will attract many a homebuyer. Don’t forget the baseboards and trim! Just like a lawn without edging, painting walls without the trim looks unfinished and dirty.

X Update the Kitchen: Do what you can afford, comfortably. Appliances, cabinetry, countertops and flooring can always be updated. For cheaper solutions, make sure appliances are clean and working, Resurface or paint cabinets. Adding new door pulls can make cabinets feel fresh and new. If countertops or flooring is damaged, replace with like material.
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Janet Spelman, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Tue Sep 4, 2012
Just a thought that hasn't been mentioned yet:

Door locks - Make sure your front door lock is in good working order and is not worn or weathered looking. I can't tell you how many times as a buyers agent I have tried to unlock a door and it doesn't cooperate until three or four tries later. If the front door is hard to open it is a bad first impression for the buyers who are just standing there watching their agent trying to open it. New, shiny door handles and dead bolts on a freshly painted (or at least cleaned) front door with a new welcome mat does wonders for the first impressions of a buyer. If the door lock sticks or jams, the buyers assume the property is not well maintained from the beginning and look for other signs of poor maintenance. Same goes for your sliding glass doors! You want your sliders to glide easily!

I also like to update lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, towel racks, bath hardware, etc. I have had track homes sell based on the buyer loving the new trendy fixtures and ceiling fans when similar homes fixtures were dated. They also will help the home look better in photos which is where everything begins these days.

And like others have said, if your home has pet odors or smells of cigarettes you must do everything possible to rid the home of these odors. Although you have grown used to them, it will hit the buyer like a ton of bricks.
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Chris Willia…, Agent, Henderson, NV
Sat Mar 10, 2012
As others have mentioned declutter your home and lawn. When I show a home the first thing a buyer will comment on is if it looks like the owner doesn't take care of the home! Strip the home of all your personal touches and give it a look that will appeal to a larger audience. Get rid of those green and purple walls and go with neutral colors throughout the home. Also do some low cost lanscaping. Simply adding fresh stone and a few small palm trees to a yard can make a big difference in curb appeal!
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Joseph Giord…, Agent, Brooklyn, NY
Fri Mar 9, 2012
Adding value to your home through a remodel is a great way to make some extra money when you finally decide to sell your house or it's just nice to have some updates throughout your home while you're living there. It's good to know which rooms will get you the biggest return and what to do if you're looking to add some true value to your home.Kitchens are probably the most expensive room to remodel but worth every penny you put into them. If you're planning on selling your home after the remodel buyers will almost always look at the state of the kitchen. Kitchen's (and bathrooms) sell homes so don't skimp out on your kitchen when you're thinking of making some changes. Cabinetry, hardware, along with new counter tops and floors can make a huge difference in how a kitchen looks. If you don't want to replace the cabinets then try painting them just to spruce them up a bit and adding some new hardware. Paint can change the feel and look of any room so put some color on the walls while you're adding some nice counter tops (granite and corian are extremely popular today) and floors. Much of the work can be done on your own to help save you some money in the long run.
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Raina Musser, Both Buyer And Seller, Las Vegas, NV
Fri Mar 9, 2012
Staging your home can be inexpensive and perhaps the best way to get the most from selling your home. Value is from the comparables in the neighborhood. Start with what the homes in the area have sold for and determine if you have the same, more or less in upgrades. Your agent will be able to show you what your home is worth. Beware, if you spend money to increase the value, you will not always get back what you put into the house! Great question! Thank you for posting!
Raina Musser
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Tina Lam, Agent, San Jose, CA
Fri Mar 9, 2012
The easiest and cheapest way is to declutter and depersonalize your home. By decluttering, I suggest you take out as much non-essential items and furniture as you possibly can. This includes gutting out your closet until you have only a dozen items hanging and clearing out your kitchen counter-top until there's maybe a set of utensils. Take out extra pieces of furniture, especially those that don't match. By depersonalizing, I mean take out personal items and photos, which should be obvious, and return everything to their intended function, like opening up drapes to let the light in. Have friends come over to help you with a fresh set of eyes.

Doing both, you'll give potential buyers the sense that you've almost out of the home. That makes it so much easier for them to imagine themselves in the home. And, having less furniture and clutter and brightening the home will help make the home seem bigger and in turn, more valuable.
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Rena Levy, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Thu Mar 8, 2012
It really depends on the condition of the house and the comparable properties. A good deep cleaning, new fresh paint, repairing broken appliances and removing some furniture usually works.
I wouldn't start replacing and spending too much money since the new buyer might not like the new carpet that you just replaced and wants tile or wood floors. some people like desert landscaping and some likes green/mature landscaping. You can always offer allowance at closing and let the new buyer decide on what they want.

I will be happy to assist with the sale of your home and set an appointment with you . Please call me at 702-612-7099 or visit my website at http://www.cvegashomes.com for tips on selling your property.

Rena Levy
Realty Executives of Nevada

Rena Levy
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