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Tips to Increase Your Home Value
March 2004

If you plan on selling your home, you want to increase it's value as much as possible so you can get as much profit as possible. Even if you are not exactly Bob Villa when it comes to home remodeling, there are some tips to increase your home value that anyone can do. Sometimes even the simplest things can make a big difference when selling your house to potential buyers.

Here are 11 tips to increase the value of your house

  1. Clean the outside of your home. Get out the trash bags and pick up any trash, move the lawnmower, bikes, tools and anything else of clutter into the garage and out of site.
  2. Make the shrubs, trees, grass and other gardening outside the house is appealing. Lay down fresh mulch, edge your curbs and sidewalks as well as your garden beds. Mow the lawn. Trim your bushes. The first thing a buyer sees is the outside of your home. Remember the saying "first impressions are everything".
  3. Powerwash the outside of your home such as your sidewalk, driveway, front deck, back porch and house siding. If you have a wood deck, after powerwashing, stain and reseal it for a freshened clean look.
  4. Wash all of your windows, clean out your gutters and any other visible dirt showing on the outside of your home.
  5. Clean the inside of your home. Kitchens and bathrooms are your first priority and make the biggest impression on home buyers. These should be spotless.
  6. Make the entrance to your home appealing. Paint the front door, or add new address numbers, mailbox and doormat. Hang a seasonal wreath on your door.
  7. Paint the inside of your home. Paint is relatively cheap and can add thousands to the value of your home. Painting isn't fun (I hate it) but it will go a long way to sprucing up the interior of your house. Use neutral colors that are appealing to most people. In other words, whites, beige, creame and pastel tones, not bright purple!
  8. Clean up the clutter inside your house. Pick up clothes, books, and anything else lying around the home. A sleek streamlined look is the key here. In your kitchen, remove any appliances (coffee makers, juicers, your George Forman grill, etc.) off of the counters to increase the feeling of spaciousness.
  9. Make sure your house smells fresh. Studies have shown that the smell of a house can affect the way buyers perceive your home. Even if you have a great home offered at a great value, you may not get the best price if you have smells that turn potential buyers off. If you have a dog or cat, make sure their smells are undetectable by spraying and cleaning your house. You may not be able to detect these smells because you have grown accustomed to them, so have a friend come over to your house to see if they detect any off putting smells.
  10. Interior lighting. People prefer warm appealing lighting with the light source relatively out of site. Slim clean lighting fixtures and recessed lights will go a long way towards creating a great ambiance inside your home.
  11. Steamclean your carpets, or if they are very worn or have dated colors or patterns replace them. Today, homebuyers actually prefer hardwood floors, so under your shag carpet may be a beautiful wood floor!

The key with all of these tips is to make a good impression that will help increase the value of your home while getting the most bang for your buck! Remember this one tip when selling your home:

Most home buyers do not have any imagination!

Home buyers see things that are so superficial, but it affects their impressions when touring your house Smells, clutter, a few stains and dark curtains lower their opinion of your home, even though they are purely cosmetic! Use this to your advantage by following these easy tips to give them a great first impression of your home.

When my wife and I bought our first house, it had green carpets, green paint, dark curtains, awnings and cigarette smell throughout. In 1 month, we had the carpets ripped out, exposing beautiful hardwood floors, the rooms painted light and friendly colors and the awnings and curtains removed. The house was completely vibrant and light! We were able to get a great deal because of the purely cosmetic "drawbacks".

Don't sell your house for less than it is worth because you did not take a few simple steps. If you are selling your home, roll up your sleeves, spend a little time and money and get thousands more on your home sale!

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