Trulia, Other/Just Looking in San Francisco, CA

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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C.Ann Knezic, Agent, St Francis, WI
Sun Mar 4, 2012
I sell new construction and occupied property. The one thing that seems to be on everyones agenda is flooring, kitchen (appliances and upgrades) and closets. I can have the same condo with out upgrades that maybe would cost $5000 to complete for a unit that has those upgrades already and that unit sells first and for $10,000 to $20,000 more. Declutering and repainting also helps to create the atmosphere of new. Todays buyers are busy and want a ready to move-in scenario.
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Kris Plechaty, Agent, Menomonee Falls, WI
Fri Mar 2, 2012
Hi There!!

I think one of the most effective ways to increase the value of your home prior to selling is to look at it with your "buyer's eyes!" Buyers are trying to envision themselves in your home and if they have to look at a lot of your stuff, they get distracted...they would rather focus on the home, its attributes, and how it will work for them. So the best thing you can do is declutter and depersonalize your home...get rid of or pack up the stuff that you don't want, or that you will be packing up to prepare for your move. You may also want to neutralize your if you have a bright orange bathroom, or gold and velvet walllpapered dining room, you might want to consider changing it to a neutral cream or's a little more palatable for your typical buyer! Finally...clean, clean and clean again. No one wants to look at someone else's dirty home. If the house appears to be well cared for, buyers will be put more at ease! If you want to go big buck, you can update the kitchen and bathroom, but that will be cash output that you may or may not get back in the end. Good luck!!
Kris Plechaty - First Weber Group Realtors
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Eric D Lenz, Agent, Greendale, WI
Fri Mar 2, 2012
Clean, paint and repair are probably the most cost effective. De-clutter. Inside and out. Replace worn carpet. These are ways to increase the value MORE than the cost of doing it. Other things can increase the value, but will COST more than the amount of increase.
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