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Pam Erekuff, Other/Just Looking in 92071

What one thing can you do to improve the value of your house?

Asked by Pam Erekuff, 92071 Mon Jul 30, 2007

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If you could only do one thing, I would recommend increasing the curb appeal of the house. So many buyers do drive bys and determine their interest in seeing the inside or not. Clean up, paint, add some landscaping, a new front door, a lamp post, etc.

I answered based upon only being able to choose to do one thing.
4 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 30, 2007
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
Hi Pam,

If there is only ONE thing that you could do to make your home more attractive, I would have to say cleaning would be the most beneficial…..inside and out. Indoors: If the fixtures, appliances, floors, walls, counters, etc are sparkling clean, it will almost give the impression that they are newer and or have had minimal wear and tear. If the yard is picked up, driveway is swept, weeds are pulled and there are no cobwebs there to greet you at the door, it will provide a very inviting feel as buyers are entering. I consider de-cluttering cleaning as well (and really you’re moving anyway, so this helps you get a jumpstart on packing) so most flat surfaces should only contain items you use everyday. I think that if you only concentrate your energies on the exterior and don’t address anything on the interior, you could be setting potential buyers up for a big disappointment the moment they open the door.

Melissa Mancini, Realtor, CBR, GRI
Web Reference: http://MelissaBMancini.com
3 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 30, 2007
Pay attention to the details! Potential buyers surely will. So if you have limited time and a limited budget make sure all the little things are revamped and redone, just some detail suggestions:
1. Paint - slap on a fresh coat of paint, repaint peeling cabinets and surfaces
2. Flooring - steam clean the carpets, wax the hardwood
3. Clutter - throw away junk, remove clutter, organize accessories
4. Yard - rake the leaves, plant some flowers, mow the lawn, get rid of dead or dying plants
5. Cleaning - scrub the bathtub, polish the doorknobs
6. Smell - open a window, light some candles, put in air fresheners
7. Make rooms look bigger - place floor length mirrors, use vertical space, use lighter colored paint
8. Light - open the shades, maximize sunlight
9. Small fixtures - replace older or worn fixtures such as cabinet knobs, faucet fixtures, etc.

Now if you have more time and a bigger budget, consider remodeling certain parts of the house. It has been proven that remodeling the kitchen and bathrooms really increases the home's value. Improving the flooring is also a great investment--whether you replace worn carpet with new carpet or you rip up old linoleum to install natural stone, it'll help! Just be careful how much you spend in comparison to how much you can get for your house. Most renovators get so excited about the projects at hand they forget their is a ceiling to how much they should further invest into the house. But remember, remodeling can be really fun! So enjoy and good luck!
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 2, 2007
Value is determined by what buyers are willing to pay for your home. How does your home compare to the other homes in your area that are for sale? Buyers are informed and are very critical of the over all impression your home makes. It starts with the curb appeal so if you have it chances are they will want to see it, but most buyers are looking at the photos provided by your listing agent so make sure the house is clean and shows well before taking pictures. Exposure is the name of the game and if you don't make a good impression your home may languish on the market. So clean it up, make a good impression and sell it fast! That's how you get top dollar.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 11, 2014
Clean the house, both inside and out to a T. A clean home shows so much better and helps people see that the home is well taken care of. It is amazing how much better a home looks that is clean. Also, when showings occur get rid of all the clutter. Buyers see messes piled up and wonder what else is hiding. After cleaning the home good, touch up paint, or painting the home is the next thing.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 29, 2014
If you can only do one thing I would have a professional cleaning company come in and do a thorough cleaning of your home and have the carpets cleaned also. This usually doesn't cost that much and a clean home makes buyers feel like it's been well maintained.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
Paint! is always one thing you can do to increase the overall appeal and value of your home. Whether if it is interior, or exterior, or just the trim, fresh paint gives any home a revitalized look and feel.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 14, 2013
If I had $1000 budget, put in some detail lighting...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 16, 2007
Paint, carpet, and landscaping.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 16, 2007
All the general guidelines outlined by my fellow REALTORs are wonderful. The big questions are ones you must answer. What is your motivation--are you seeking to spruce up your home to improve your sale price and sell soon, or are you looking to make improvements with long term value? What is your budget ($500, $1,000, $10,000)? What is your time frame for selling (1 month? 1 year? 5 years? 10?)? How much time and work (good 'ole elbow grease) are you willing to put into the project? If you provide these answers and re-post, you will get specific feedback suitable for your exact needs. Best of luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2007
Curb appeal is an absolute must. Many people opt out of looking at a home just from the outside. Well manicured hedges, lawn, fresh paint on the shutters and front door go a long way. They next areas to consider updating are the kitchen and bathrooms. Just make sure you don't do so many improvements that you price it out of the neighborhood value. Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2007

Curb appeal is necessary to get potential buyers in the door. But to truely increase the value of the house, money spent on upgrading first the kitchen then the master and hall baths will return you nearly double the price you paid in resale value. Of course if you can do the work yourself, then yuou return would be enormous. New flooring and painting the walls with a nuetral color also increases the value.

I have a chart by area of the country that shows the average ROI for each major improvement. email me and I'll be gald to send the one to you for where you live.
Web Reference: http://www.sellmyhomken.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2007
A well manicured lawn and a clean, inviting entry goes a long way.
Web Reference: http://www.cindihagley.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 30, 2007
The Hagley G…, Real Estate Pro in Pleasanton, CA
I agree with Deborah. Curb appeal would definately be the choice if I could only do one thing. First impressions can mean the difference between scheduling an appt to see, or moving on. Freshly planted flowers or new landscaping, fixing anything that is in need of repair, fresh paint, new mailbox etc.
Web Reference: http://carriecrowell.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jul 30, 2007
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