Simple Tricks to Increasing the Value of Your Home
It is not uncommon for people thinking of selling their homes to wonder just how to make sure that they can get the maximum profit from the experience. It is somewhat frustrating that a home’s value is not fully known until after it sells (after all, it doesn’t matter what an appraiser tells you the place is worth if nobody is willing to pay that price), but the fluid nature of a home’s worth also means that you can shift the conversation in the opposite direction. In other words, we often hear people talking about how one thing or another can lower the value of a home, but what about raising the value of your home? You might be surprised to learn that it is a fairly simple process to begin, and that often small improvements have large results.
So, where to begin? Let’s start at a place where we all spend a lot of time but that we don’t think about too often.
Perhaps more than any other room in your home, the bathroom will speak to a potential buyer. Dirty caulking, leaking toilets, stained porcelain, a lime-caked shower all make people instantly wonder when they can leave and go look somewhere else. Bathroom improvements are an area all their own, but we will briefly state that some of the primary places to focus are the drains and the fixtures. Cleaning any blocked plumbing goes a long way into making a home more welcoming, as do components such as clean faucet handles and a toilet seat without cracks.
Another area that gets typically neglected. Many of us use the overhead fixtures as our primary source of light, never thinking that this might either be too harsh or not adequate for many people. When making a home more appealing to prospective buyers (as well as for yourself, if you are still planning on living there for any stretch of time), taking the lightning situation into account is a surefire way to bolster a home’s welcoming feel.
Now, what you do with this information is up to you. Maybe it means buying some standing lamps or table lamps, maybe it means investing in a tasteful chandelier, or maybe it means rewiring the house so that there are more outlets into which lights can be connected. The important thing is that you try and consider the lighting situation with the eyes of a stranger or a prospective buyer who is, above all, looking for a cozy and warm spot to call home.
To conclude, let’s go outside and take a look at the lawn. If you haven’t already, now is a good time to fire up the lawnmower, maybe swing by a gardening supply store and pick up some perennials and some bushes, a pair of clippers for pruning the overhanging trees, and generally sprucing up the yard. While it might seem like a waste of time (after all, people live inside the home, not in the garden), you might find yourself amazed at how much curb appeal plays into the ability to sell a home for what it is worth.
Each of these tips will help you start on your way to making your desirable as well as ensure that you are able to extract its true value from a potential buyer.
- Home Improvements
- Major Turn-Offs for Home Buyers
- Discover Your Home's Value
- Increasing Your Home's Value
- Simple Steps to Improving the Yard
- Cleaning Up Your Home’s Exterior
- Preparing Your Home For Sale
- The Interior of Your Home
- Preparing an Empty Home
- Staging a Home for Showing
- Steps to Staging Your Home
- Inspections and Pest Control
- Ridding Your Home of Pests
- Home Appraisals
- Property Assessments
- Enhancing Your Home’s Natural Lighting
- Upgrade Your Home’s Lighting Before Selling
- Eliminating Home Odors Before Selling
- Dealing with Odors in Your Home
- Removing Pesky Home Odors
- Addressing Pet Damage Before Selling Your Home
- Potential Pet Problems During Home-Selling
- Repainting: Why and When it Matters
- The Importance of Repainting
- Should I Stay or Should I Go? Selling a Home in the Winter
- Winter Tricks for Home-Selling
- An Introduction to Selling Your Home in the Spring
- Preparing Garages and Sheds
- Self-Care for Home Sellers
- Simple Home Repairs
- Fixing Up Your Garage Before Selling
- Improving & Updating Your Garage
- The Truth About Roofs
- The Process of Roof Replacements
- Mold Testing & Remediation
- The Search for Mold
- Dangers of Selling a Home With Mold
- Dealing With Water in Your Basement
- Fixing a Flooded Basement
- Home Selling With Children
- The Emotional Challenges of Moving with Children
- Preparing Your Children for Moving Day
- The Difficulties of Home Selling Involving Children
- Fun with Flooring
- Economical Carpet Cleaning Choices
- Carpet Cleaning When Selling Your Home
- DIY Hardwood Floor Installations
- Making an Impression Using Windows
- Easy Window Prep for Home Selling
- Fixing Up Your Home’s Windows
- Tips for Handling Storage While Staging
- Clearing Snow Before Showing a Home
- Ice Management
- Thinking About Plants When Selling Your Home
- Caring for Complicated Cabinets
- Preparing Your Home’s Exterior for Spring
- Porch and Patio Renovations
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