December 11, 2014 Lydia Gable

How Do You Increase Your Home Sale Value?

Looking to increase the value of your property for a future home sale? There are very easy, tried and true ways that will make your home not only psychologically more appealing to the buyer—in that it will have a ‘good feeling’ appeal—but also that will add ‘actual’ value when listing. As an experienced realtor, I advise my clients all of the following very useful tips, but you can benefit now just by reading.

Read below for ideas that will add to the value of your home and allow you to increase its listing price. And there’s no better time as we go into home selling season then now!

1.) Space to Dream

Give the potential buyer space to dream about his/ her vision for thehome. How do you do that? Well, you actually create space. Knock out a wall or open a closed off room–anything that opens up the space will create a sense of fluidity which is typically very appealing to buyers. Especially this year, since home and design trends this season are minimalistic, modern and clean. Read my blog from January 7, 2014, Top Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2014 to use as a reference for what is hot and selling right now!

2.) Light, Light, Light…

Add light if your home is on the dark side. Make sure that a potential buyer NEVER walks in and says, “Wow the home doesn’t get much light.” Open the curtains and window shades. Add warm light all over, beautiful light fixtures- it doesn’t have to cost a ton. Just make sure the feeling is LIGHT! HGTV says:

After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine – it will make it more sellable.

3.) Grow Your Garden

Make sure your garden is lovely, the landscape appealing, and you don’t have tangled branches, weeds or overgrown grass. Your house may indeed be beautiful, but remember curb appeal is everything. It’s about creating a feeling as soon as the potential buyer sees your home from the car! So prune, trim and beautify, before you list! Don’t cut corners but do cut your weeds.

4.) Doors to Floors

Are your floors scuffed, linoleum rotted underneath in spots or do the floors creak incessantly? Don’t make the assumption that the buyer will understand that renovations are a normal part of buying thus the floors will be a non-issue. Wax or stain wood floors, repair a weak spot and remember, the front door is the first impression to the home. Replace it if it’s old or it sticks. Add an awning or an overhang. This doesn’t have to be expensive and it will open the ‘door’ to a higher valued home.

5.) Fixtures and Appliances

Replace cabinet door handles or update the faucet fixtures. Old cabinets or outdated kitchens can really kill a sale. But it doesn’t have to cost you a month’s savings to make subtle updates. MSN Real Estate says:

While some homeowners might think the only way to jazz up a dated kitchen is a full-on remodeling job … a much less costly alternative: buying a new stove.

6.) Old Bathroom to New Age Spa

The bathroom is a good way to increase the value of a home. Replace a frosted shower door with a clear one. Replace old sink fixtures with newer ones. Replace a toilet seat even or better yet at an energy efficient toilet. If the tiles are pink or look outdated, update to a modern clean feel. Change the feeling from bathroom to spa and your buyers will reward you. Again, the aforementioned home design and trends article is a good source here as well.

7.) All the HOME’S a Stage!

First and foremost, reduce clutter. As a staging expert, I advise all of my clients how to stage the home for sale. If you have a two car garage, there should be only two cars parked – that doesn’t exclude twenty years of storage as well. Remember your entire home is now on display. You can read more advice on staging in my article Top Five Tips to Prepare a Home for Sale.

For more advice on home sales, home selling tips and home buyer advice, read this and all of my past and future blogs. To subscribe to my newsletter or for a consultation, contact realtor Lydia Gable.

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