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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Donna Hodge, Agent, Henderson, NV
Wed Mar 21, 2012
The most cost effective things to make a home salable are clean-up and paint. Though they cost less than most other projects, they bring the biggest bang for the buck, and in many instances, the seller can do-it-yourself. When painting, don't forget the front door, and the area around it. It is the first impression a buyer will make, and a marred door with cobwebs drifting down from the eaves is not the picture you want the buyer to remember. Cleaning up the yard is also cost effective, and even if you don't have a green thumb, adding a border of flowering plants makes the whole property look inviting. Fix things that are broken. We say, "Things that cost hundreds to fix, a buyer will deduct thousands from their offer." Be sure to air the home every day, you never know when a buyer is coming over who does not like the smell of garlic as much as you do. It's strange what small things will do to make the home feel inviting and bring the quickest and highest offer.
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Dom Pascual, , New York County, NY
Sun Mar 4, 2012
1. Painting is a great way to affordably and dramatically increase home curb appeal.
2. Landscaping
3. Remove clutter
4. Get a real estate professional to properly market your property
5. Update your kitchen or bathroom

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Lyle Wolf, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Sat Mar 3, 2012
The best return for your dollar will be painting and also removing wall paper. Home staging and removing clutter also will add value.
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Elena Ravich,…, Agent, New York, NY
Sat Mar 3, 2012
Most people are very visual - if you are looking for inexpensive ways of increasing the value, de-clutter your home (including the entrance area) and make it look clean, taken good care of, and welcoming - air and light should be flowing through the house and nothing should block the views in the rooms. Places look bigger with furniture but there shouldn't be too much of it, so that people could imagine their own things there, as well. Healthy plants in the right places make any place look more vivid and livable...

Sometimes a small cosmetic renovation, like fresh paint of a right color, etc. can do magic about what impression a place makes.

Of course, if you are looking to spend more significant amount of money, new kitchen and bathrooms are always attractive for buyers that do not want to do any renovations themselves. Here is a link to an article about maintaining a value of your home http://inside-real-estate.com/elenaravich/2011/11/20/how-to-…
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Michael Liew, Agent, Bayside, NY
Sat Mar 3, 2012
Stage it. It will shorten your days on market and get you a higher sale price.
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Fri Mar 2, 2012
Values will be dictated by local market conditions; however simple cosmetics oftentimes do make a property more appealing, thus adding some value; fresh paint, removing any old carpeting and having sparkling clean floors, no bulky furniture therefore removing/rearranging, squeeky clean kitchen, bathroom(s) and windows, no clutter, neat and orderly closets, fresh curtains/blinds, good lighting, spruce up the exterior for curb appeal, etc.
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Jacques Ambr…, Agent, Forest Hills, NY
Fri Mar 2, 2012
I generally tell my sellers to weigh how much they want to put into their home to sell it. To me the most important factor is aesthetics. Peeling paint for example is a real negative. Likewise old carpeting. Curb appeal is another important factor. A first impression should be a good impression, i.e. landscaping overall clean appearance (put a few flowers in a flower box) remove any debris etc. Make sure all lights are working and they have bulbs of high wattage. Check for mold in the bathroom and consider re-grouting if the tiles need it. Have a broker do a walk through and give you suggestions
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