Now that Summer is here and interest rates are relatively low, there is no better time to buy or sell. Traditionally, the spring buying and selling season begins to pick up mid-January, but this year the market never slowed down. If you want to get the most value for your home, there are a few improvements experts say you should invest in before you sell your home. Here are the top 5 ways to boost the value of your home:
1. Clean up and clear out
Nothing turns off prospective buyers more than a cluttered, disorganized home.
- Depersonalize your home. This doesn’t mean you have to remove all your family photos, but limit them to a decent amount. Remove or put away any trophies, awards, or religious decor items, and strive for a clean, simple look.
2. Spruce up your kitchen
The kitchen is one of the main selling points of your home – it’s the heart of the home.
- Don’t go and drop thousands on a brand new kitchen.
- Start with a fresh coat of paint, new cabinet hardware, and new curtains.
- Fix any leaky faucets, loose light fixtures, and burn marks on the countertop.
Starting with these few fixes will greatly improve the overall look of the kitchen.
3. Freshen up the bath
Behind the kitchen, bathrooms are the second most important rooms in a home for sale.
- Start with small improvements, such as new light fixtures, new faucets, and mirrors.
- If it needs it, caulk the edges of the bathtub and regrout the tile.
- Also, new toilets will not only improve the look of the bathroom but the functionality.
A well-kept bathroom will show buyers that your home is clean and well-maintained.
4. Paint the rooms
The fastest and cheapest way to transform a room is to paint it.
- This doesn’t mean you have to go through and paint every room in the house.
- Common rooms like kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms are your best candidates.
- Rooms that have unusual or bright colors should also be painted.
- Stick to neutrals such as white or off-white, grays and beiges.
Sticking to these colors will be less distracting, allowing prospective buyers to focus on other attributes.
5. Enhance curb appeal
Think of your open house as an interview. You wouldn’t go to an interview without brushing your hair or wearing a sharp outfit, you want to look the part. Now your home needs to look the part.
- Start by trimming the bushes and trees, mowing the lawn, and putting mulch in between the in-ground plants.
- Make sure your porch and front door are looking its best as this area is the main focal point of your home.