By guest blog writer: Anna Friedman
Are you looking to sell your house in the near future (or even way down the road)? If so, you should definitely be brainstorming ways to boost your home’s market value. Here are five surefire ways to increase your home value and ensure that you’re well prepared when it’s time to sell.
1. Give your front door a makeover
Always remember, the front door is the first thing potential home buyers will see when they approach your house. First impressions are huge, so if you have chipping paint or fading stains on your front door, then it’s time to give it a little TLC! Choose a color that will match or complement your trim and siding. Or, if you’re willing to splurge a little bit, buy a new front door altogether to give your home a totally updated look.
P.S. If your garage door is looking more shabby than chic, you may want to give that some attention as well!
2. Get your mind in the gutter
Having clogged or damaged gutters can really devalue a home. Defected gutters can put a home at risk for flooding, mold and mildew, critters and insects, and much more. Get your gutters professionally inspected, cleaned, and repaired. Then, install Leaf Filter to eliminate the need to keep cleaning clogs. Potential homebuyers will certainly appreciate one less thing to maintain.
3. Go minimalist
When potential homebuyers see disorganization, clutter and knickknacks, they may feel disconnected with the house or even stressed out by the chaos they see. Homebuyers need to have room to envision their own belongings in the home and to be able to visualize how their furniture will fit. Pack up your keepsakes before holding an open house. You can keep them in storage or ask a friend or relative to hold onto them for the time being.
Bonus: You’ll have an easier time moving down the road since you’ve already packed up a portion of your stuff!
4. If you have a fireplace, give it some attention
A fireplace can be a big draw for potential homebuyers, but it can also turn them away. If soot and ash have built up in your fireplace or on the mantle, clean it up using a good scrubbing brush. You should also have your fireplace inspected by a National Fireplace Institute certified professional to eliminate any fire hazards like blocked airflow, creosote buildup, or birds’ nests. You may also want to look into installing a new chimney cap if yours looks damaged in order to prevent water leaks.
5. Remember: Luxury sells
Luxury items like heated floors in the bathroom, surround sound speakers throughout the house, whirlpool bathtubs, Kohler touchless faucets, and much more appeal to potential homebuyers. It can really set your house apart from the other run-of-the-mill properties for sale in your area. Think about things that would make life a little easier or more pleasant for you, and then upgrade based on your budget.
These may seem like a lot of work, but the return on investment can be substantial in some cases. For advice about these ideas, and to get even more value out of your home, contact a local realtor or house inspector. Then, when you’re ready to start your own house hunting, check out The Jones Company to find the right house (with all the right features) for you!