by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.
What are 3 quick ways to increase the value of your home before selling?
1) Reduce the clutter.
When you remove clutter, personal items, extra furniture and personal photos it opens up your home. Leave just enough furniture to define the space.
Repairing all those little small fixes in your home will add value.
This makes the home seem bigger than it is, or more importantly, if it’s a big home already a buyer can see just how big it is.
Don’t forget the outside either. Reduce the clutter there. Trim the plants, clean up the landscaping, edge the driveway, remove the lawn furniture, get rid of any exercise equipment on the patio, and rake. Doing this will make the yard feel larger and more open.
Lastly, don’t forget the garage. You might think a clean garage doesn’t matter, but a clean garage tells the buyer that the rest of the home is taken care of as well.
2) Fresh Paint.
Fresh paint is the quickest and easiest way to add value to a home. Pick a nice neutral color and hit the entire house, closets and bathrooms included.
There is something about the look and smell of fresh paint that is like perfume to a buyer.
Since you’ve already removed all of the clutter and extra furniture from around the home, painting will be easy to do.
And since you’re already at it, paint the front door, too, and add a brass kick plate. A clean door and kick plate is like a shined pair of shoes for a home.
3) Flooring, Cleaning, and Fix Ups
If you’re carpet is old and worn out, replace it. Get a standard, contractor grade berber in a neutral color. Trust me, it’s not that expensive.
If your flooring doesn’t match, make it match. In other words, if you have tile in the living areas and baths, wood flooring in two bedrooms and carpet in the third bedroom, install a wood floor in the final bedroom that matches the wood flooring in the other bedrooms. For some reason, when the flooring is different from room to room it really bothers female buyers. That means the house will sit until a bachelor comes along and buys it. You don’t want to sit and wait until a bachelor comes along and buys it. The home will have lost value in the market by then.
Next, with the home now painted, decluttered and with nice matching floors, hire a cleaner just to come in and touch up. Clean glass is a detail that can really help sell a home.
Outside the home, powerwash the exterior and clean the gutters to get rid of all the leaves, dirt and spiderwebs that cling to the outside of a home.
Last, fix all those little things that need fixing or updating.
Is the faucet in the bathroom or kitchen crudded up with hard water stains? Get an inexpensive replacement. Is there a patch of popcorn ceiling falling down somewhere? Repaint and repopcorn the area. Is there a water spigot on the outside of the house that just isn’t working right? Replace it.
Have you noticed a theme here?
All of these fixes are low cost or no cost. And every one will add value when you go to sell.
Hire St. Augustine Team when you sell your home. Email us at ReQuestion@StAugTeam.com or call broker Sean Hess at (904) 386-8327.