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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Maria Cipoll…, Agent, Coral Springs, FL
Sat Dec 29, 2012
Repair anything that it need to, De-clutter, de-personalized, cleaning, a fresh coat of paint, curb appeal and staging. Add a lot of different lights sources to your home and take a lot of pictures. Beautiful pictures taking in different time, with different lighting, definitely will sell your property.

All the Best,

Maria Cipollone
Century 21 Tenace
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Robin Hollid…, Agent, Virginia Beach, VA
Thu Nov 29, 2012
I have seen that most buyers are looking for updated windows and roofs.. Buyers want to make sure the major items are in good repair.. Kitchens are the next good update and then baths.. If your house is clean and neutral and shows like that .. Buyers will buy at the right price!.. Hope this helps!.. Good luck!
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Julie Butler, Agent, Virginia Beach, VA
Thu Nov 29, 2012
Updated kitchens and bathrooms usually add substantial value. Nice and clean fixtures, meaning light fixtures and plumbing fixtures can be a positive. A well maintained home is normally valued more than a similar home in the same neighborhood.
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Tom Hubba 75…, Agent, Virginia Beach, VA
Fri Nov 16, 2012
Most appraisers will look at the location, size and condition usually in that order. These days it seems increasing the energy efficiency of the home will help along with updated the exterior. If cost is not a factor I would say remodel the kitchen and baths first. If your on a budget which most sellers are today given the current market, then I would at least freshen up paint on trim and walls. Buyers these days want to buy with the least amount of work to do once they move in.
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Robin Hollid…, Agent, Virginia Beach, VA
Thu Apr 19, 2012
Hi San Francisco,
First and foremost you want to make sure your property shows great.. and some ways to do that are, it should be clear of clutter and very clean and shiney, and you should think about the curb appeal, that is the first impression a buyer will see when they come to view your home..any minor repairs and major repairs should be done and it should be move in ready for the buyer that will purchase it...
updating baths and kitchen are what buyers look at the most and storage...I wouldn't put loads of money into doing either of these considering the market, not sure what Real Estate is doing where you are, but people love granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, upgraded flooring, bamboo, wood.ceramic tile..... hope this helps you some...good luck with selling and getting your price on your home!
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Kevin Monette, Agent, Virginia Beach, VA
Fri Mar 2, 2012
Do basis work on the home and yard. Trim trees, edge yard, keep all excess stuff picked up in the home and year, clean any spider webs from the door ways, paint trim, and stuff to help set your home seperately from the others in the neighborhood. The first impression is the lasting.
The the inside of clutter, box unneeded items and place them in the attic, garage, storage unit. Keep as little clutter on counters, TV stands, Floors etc. Have a Fresh sent, once you first enter the home and keep the same sent going through-out the home. NO LOOSE PETS, this kills more showings than anything. If a buyer is scared or has allergies to animals, well the deal is dead before it starts.
This will bring the buyers to contract for you and you should get your value. Besides all this, you can do some upgrades, however I find even though you have upgraded items like granet counters, hardwood floors, etc. You really only get a fraction of the cost added to the purchase price and appraisal. Let the new buyers install the things they want, because when you put in Cherry Cabinets, they will want light oak color.
Good Luck.
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