Tuesday, September 24, 2019 / by Ashley Lay
Five Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value Before You Sell
Looking to sell your home? Not so fast! While Ashley Lay Real Estate CAN’T WAIT to list your property, we also want to make sure you receive the biggest return possible on your investment. So, before you put your home on the market, here are some tips to consider to help increase the value.
1. Make your home feel pretty—oh, so pretty!
Curb appeal is essential when it comes to selling a home in a highly competitive market. Your property needs to look inviting from the outside in order to draw buyers in. We recommend investing in professional landscaping services if you don’t have a green thumb, yourself. If you can’t, simply planting a few flowers and keeping the yard well-mowed should suffice. Have the home and driveway pressure washed for maximum vibrancy.
After you’ve tackled your home’s exterior, the best places to upgrade and update are the kitchen and bathrooms. These rooms are where you’ll see the biggest re-coup on money spent and they are the two rooms that often influence buyers the most. You don’t have to go nuts! Projects like repainting, replacing cabinet handles and changing fixtures can sometimes be all you need.
2. Nobody likes a diva, though.
Buyers are looking for homes that aren’t going to cost them an arm and a leg to upkeep. They’re already going to have a mortgage and insurance to worry about. Making sure your home is low-maintenance will pay off in the long run. If the hot water heater, roof or any other major item is on the fritz, replace or repair now. You will profit more from the sale this way and your home’s new owners will be able to adjust happily.
3. Go green!
Whether your “into that” or not, the proof is solid that energy conservation features improve your home’s value. Small, cost effective measures to take include replacing old light bulbs with LED lighting, purchasing all Energy Star appliances, adding double-paned windows and bolstering your home’s insulation. If you want to really go all out, solar roof panels provide maximum efficiency and, while they won’t provide a quick resale boost, they will provide additional value for the long run.
4. Bigger is better!
The square footage of your home is one of the biggest factors in its value. Simply put, the bigger your house, the bigger the amount you can ask for when you decide to sell. So, that big, unfinished basement that the kids are scared to come within 10 feet of? Finish it! Got a boring deck? Enclose it and turn it into an all-seasons room! If it is within your means, adding bedrooms, bathrooms and entertaining space is fail-proof.
5. Is your house smarter than a fifth grader?
We hope! It might seem silly but the modern, millennial market is all about trendy, nifty gadgets. Innovators in home improvement have come up with all kinds of ways to incorporate technology into what used to very basic household fixtures. Young buyers are looking for thermostats they can control via smartphone, as well as lighting and security cameras. But, don’t worry! They’re willing to pay extra for these amenities. Because not all sellers have gotten into the game of tech yet, you’ll have a leg up on area competition by adding in a few of these features.