Sellers: Boost Your Home’s Value With These Tips

Here are some easy ways to boost your home’s value before listing it.

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Here are five simple ways to increase your home’s value before listing in 2021: 1. Bring out a real estate professional. An agent will typically provide you with a valuation of your home and can point out which areas are more important than others when upgrading. Some agents will even offer staging advice to ensure your home shows well. 2. Deep clean. Your home should be absolutely spotless, including the unseen places—the oven, rangehood, baseboards, spaces between kitchen appliances, etc. For a couple hundred dollars, you can certainly hire a professional cleaner to do it for you. In any case, your home will end up shining, and first impressions are ultimately the most important ones. 3. Fixtures, hardware, knobs, and switches should be functioning properly and look good. They should be in good condition and have uniform coverings. If they need to be repainted or replaced, go through your house with a buyer’s eyes and see what you need to see. To get the most bang for your buck, make the finishes for your hardware consistent throughout the house, whether that means brushed nickel, chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, etc. This creates consistency with your new faucets and fixtures as well.

 Your home should be spotless, including the unseen places.


4. Clean your carpets (if you have them). Some agents recommend getting rid of carpet if you have hardwood below, but a professional cleaning can certainly make your carpet look new. Dingly, old carpeting makes a home look old and outdated. For a cheaper alternative, you can rent a rug cleaner for less than $100. However, that would create more work on your end. 5. Paint rooms that need refreshing. Make sure to take care of the baseboards as well. Like I said earlier, they need to be clean. (It’s easy to overlook the beating they take over the years). If you have bold or distinct colors, paint over them with a light, neutral tone. Buyers prefer that over anything bold. Light grays, for example, seem to be a popular color now. Don’t go overboard, though, because most buyers will probably do their own painting when they move in. This tip is mostly just to give your home a fresh, clean look. As always, if you have questions about this or any real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m happy to help.