Tips to Boost Property Worth

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With housing prices increasing today, the road to selling a home can be a long and difficult one. Investing in your home now can help you capitalize on its value. Increasing the value can be easier than you think, especially with the following useful tips.

1. Spend an Hour with a Professional

Have a realtor or interior designer come check out your home. Many realtors will do this as a courtesy, but for an interior designer you might have to pay a consultation fee. Every suggestion can be helpful even small ones, such as paint colors or placement of furniture, can go a long way toward improving the overall value of your home.

2. Hire an Inspector

Although cosmetically improving your home is important, other things like deteriorating roofs, termite infestation and electrical systems are significant as well. Hiring an inspector to check these areas can prevent future problems that could negatively impact the value of your home. Small problems that go unfixed or unnoticed can create even bigger, more expensive problems later on down the road.

3. Create Space

Creating a sense of flow and open space will generate a response from buyers. Knocking out a non-structural wall or removing the kitchen island are a great way to do this. A kitchen island may be a useful asset to keep, but if there are already plenty of cabinets, it could be more useful to haul the island away.

4. Landscaping

Landscaping is also important when it comes to boosting the value of your home. Having tangled trees or unkempt bushes can obscure the view, darken interiors, promote mold and block the view of the house completely. If the buyer can’t see the house, they are more likely going to move on without hesitation. Be sure to prune, limb and landscape as needed to improve the value of your home.

5. Paint, Paint, Paint!

One of the most affordable and simple ways to improve your home is paint. Rooms that are freshly painted look clean and updated. Keep in mind that neutral colors appeal to more people and are most desirable.

6. Light Up Your Home

One of the greatest ways to improve your home value is the lighting. Anything from a dimmer switch to sun tubes can enhance the appeal of your home. Dimmers allow one to create the mood of the home as they wish. On the other hand, sun tubes (also known as light pipes, sunscoops and tubular skylights) can also be useful. They use reflective material to funnel natural light into a room and are less costly than a skylight.

Other suggestions for lighting up your home include fixing broken panes, opening windows and lights that use motion detectors to turn themselves off. High wattage bulbs can also make smaller rooms feel larger. Also, by adding soft lighting to empty space it can create a sense of warmth.

7. Look for Inspiration

If hiring a designer is not in your budget, an alternative is to search for inspiration. Magazines, books, TV, shows, websites, anything design-oriented can be helpful. Simple DIY projects are great for those trying to save money.

8. Cutting Energy Costs and Going Green

Cutting energy costs in your home may seem like a difficult task, but free energy audits are provided by many local utility companies. They can show you how to make you home more energy efficient, thus saving you money which can applied to other home improvements.

Another energy efficient option is to go green. You can save up to 30 or 40 percent by updating old air conditioning and heating systems. Saving energy makes your house more desirable and appreciated by potential buyers.

9. Everything Begins with the Front Door

The front door has more power than you think when it comes to the value and worth of your home to potential buyers. It is the first thing people see when entering a house. Having a working door bell and an overhang or awning are great ways to attract buyers. Overhangs can protect one from the sun or rain while they’re fumbling to find their keys.

10. Kitchen and Bathroom Upgrades

The bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in the house. This means many wears and tears take place there. Updating your bathrooms can greatly increase the value of your home. Anything from replacing outdated vanities, old plumbing and lighting fixtures or even adding a new tile floor will guarantee to boost the worth of your home.

Another commonly used room in the house is the kitchen. Updating the kitchen is key. Updating faucets, microwaves and counter tops can be a great way to add value to your home.

 

These are just a few tips to help boost the worth of your home. Always do your research before beginning any remodeling or renovations on your home. Be patient when it comes to improving the value of your home for sale. This will make the road to selling your home an easier one. Good luck!

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