Are you considering putting your house on the market soon? Do you need some advice on how to increase your home’s value before listing? While today’s real estate market is hot, there are a few things that you can do now as a seller to make your home stand out and sell faster, for more money, and with less inconvenience on your part.
Improve Your Curb Appeal
Even though today’s savvy homebuyer has likely already seen photos of the interior of your home, first impressions still do matter. Put yourself in the homebuyer’s shoes, literally and figuratively, by walking up to the front door and trying to see your home through fresh eyes. Since most Americans enter their homes through the garage or a back door today, it’s possible you haven’t really even looked at that front door or porch in a while. Visually inspect things like paint and hardware on the front door, check whether the porch is clean and tidy, and consider adding a pop of color in the form of plants or flowers. It’s also important that your yard and beds are well-maintained, neatly trimmed, and free of weeds.
Clean It Up
The potential homebuyer’s first impression of your home’s interior depends largely on how clean your home is. This is a great time to hire a crew to come in and do a thorough cleaning, maybe catching things that you don’t notice. Clutter is not only distracting, it makes your space appear smaller, so do your best to eliminate clutter by storing items out of sight, or renting a storage unit temporarily.
While some updates may not pay off at resale, improvements to kitchens and baths almost always add value to your home. In the bathroom, even inexpensive fixes like replacing the toilet or changing out the fixtures can brighten that space immensely. In the kitchen, replacing outdated or stained appliances with new stainless steel models can completely update the look and add value to your home.
Make Necessary Repairs
Nobody wants to buy someone else’s problems, and this is especially true in the world of real estate. If you know of issues with water, electrical, or any of your appliances, bite the bullet and get those repaired before listing. They will come up on the inspection anyway, and this bit of proactive planning on your part will take one more objection off the table before it even comes up!
At Helen & Brad Miller Homes, we are dedicated to helping you find the home of your dreams. Visit our website today to view our listings, or give us a call at 650-529-1111.