Let’s look at a few easy steps that you can take to increase the home value.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
New paint makes a home look fresh and clean. Depending on how long it has been since you’ve last painted your house, it may be a good idea to do both exterior and interior walls. If you can’t afford to repaint your entire property, aim to add new paint to key spots like your front door, bathroom and kitchen.
Update or Replace Key Components
No one wants to pay top dollar for a home with an old roof or an old furnace. You are also less likely to get what you want for your property if it has signs of water damage or outdated features. This means that you may want to replace the roof or take care of those water stains on the wall. Replacing carpet or wood floors can also make your home look nicer and fetch more on the open market.
Don’t Forget to Landscape
If you have any dead or dying trees on your property, make sure to remove them before listing your home. Although you can try doing this yourself, it might be best to enlist the help of a specialist, like those from Pete & Ron’s Tree Service, Inc. Depending on what buyers in your market like, it may be a good idea to plant new trees in your yard. You should also seal the driveway, repair any cracked paving stones and get rid of tall grass and weeds. What this does is add curb appeal and give people confidence that the inside of the house has been maintained as well.
Timing Is Everything
Ideally, you will wait to sell until a seller’s market emerges. If you can’t do that, try to list the property for slightly less than market value. This may inspire a bidding war that results in an inflated final offer price. Your real estate agent may be able to talk more about whether either option is worth pursuing in your case.
It takes work and an understanding of the housing market in your area to get the most for your property. Fortunately, steps such as adding paint or getting a tree removed don’t take a lot of time or cost a lot of money to hire professional help. In exchange for minimal time and financial investments, you may increase your home value by thousands of dollars.