Professionals Answer: “How Do I Increase My Home’s Value?” (Part 1 of 3)

When preparing to sell your home, a common question asks is, ‘What can I do to get the maximum selling price on my home? and to help the home sell fast?’ While every home has its own improvements, there’s always something that can enhance its appeal to potential buyers. Depending on your budget, consider your return on investment to choose the best low cost things you can do to enhance your home’s appeal.

Low-cost Improvement Suggestions Before Listing Your Home

Low cost improvements make a big difference when your home is structurally sound, but a messy home or unclean home can distract from any improvements. Here’s a priority list to guide preparing your home to sell for the best price in the shortest listing time:

  1. Clean, clean and then clean some more. A home that is not clean gives buyers the impression that the home is not cared for. Dirt and grime on the surface makes them wonder about hidden mold, termites or other less visible problems. Wash walls, scrub bathrooms, make those windows sparkle, deep clean or at least spot clean the carpet. Be sure to dust ceiling fans and light fixtures, clear out cobwebs from corners and polish wood railings and floors.
  2. De-clutter, remove and store. Buyers typically look for space, extra room and plenty of storage. Many potential purchasers do not have the ability to “feel” the size of a room when it is overfilled with furniture, toys, stacks of books or magazines and other collections of items common to an occupied home. They need you to remove as much clutter as possible so that they can visualize their own furniture fitting in that area.
  3. De-personalize. Along with de-cluttering, removing family photos, children’s art, trophies, taxidermy, golf ball collections and other personal or less ordinary items gives your home the opportunity to appeal to a wider group of buyers. When your home appears to be a bachelor pad, a family or couple may be less inclined to see themselves in it, and when a house appears only family oriented, it may have less appeal to a work-from-home entrepreneur looking for extra office space.
  4. Clear the yard. Remove junk, broken patio furniture, play equipment and other debris from the exterior. A cluttered yard gives a first impression that is difficult to overcome, no matter how much you do to the interior.
  5. Fix broken things. Broken or missing outlet covers, screens with holes and other items give buyers the notion that your home may need too much work. Simply fixing that leaky faucet or running toilet, replacing a broken tile or piece of wood trim or otherwise repairing simple items boosts your home’s appeal.

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