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Increasing Your Home Value This Spring

Posted by Mary O'Neil on April 12, 2017
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Wanting to sell your Nashville home this spring? Little things mean a lot when it comes to selling your home and getting a great price for it. But if everything counts and you have only so much time and money to invest, how do you know where to start to get your home for-sale ready and to fetch the best price?

Here are my tips for great ways to increase your home value this Spring when you’re looking to sell!

Maximize Your Staging

If you want top dollar for your home, clear it of almost everything before selling, and increase its perceived value to strangers through staging. Depersonalizing hopes for potential buyers can make them much more willing to buy: and to pay top dollar.

Take Care of Repairs

Generally speaking, people who don’t keep up on needed repairs end up spending the most when it comes time to prepare a home for sale. Home inspectors WILL find lack of maintenance in a home, and your buyers will ask for money back at the table, or for you to hire someone to take care of it quickly. This can often be much more expensive than taking care of it in your own time.

Remove Your Pets

What if someone with allergies comes to take a look at your home? Or if they’re not a fan of pets? While it can be hard to hear, removing pets from a home in the week before showings can dramatically reduce pet odors, and make any home more likely to sell for top dollar. It will also typically reduce your pet’s anxiety when strangers are tracking through their territory.

Get Your Home Cleaned, Professionally

According to Consumer Reports: cleaning can deliver a 3% to 5% return on investment. But to make sure you don’t skimp, hire professionals. They’ll get the floorboards and clean messes that you might not notice on a day to day basis, and as an added bonus carpet cleaning can help any home smell more like new. Also ingest in having windows cleaned and the exterior pressurewashed, which can often brighten up paint.

Take Care of Curb Appeal

Make it look nice from the curb with some easy potted or planted flowers to trim the walkway. Pay attention to details The details that you may believe are insignificant can turn out to be major selling points for your home. Make sure your mailbox is nice and clean, that the porch is swept and uncluttered, and it can often help to have a new welcome mat.

Refresh The Kitchen & Bath

Don’t forget two of the the most important rooms in your home: the kitchen and bathroom. Consumer Reports estimates that you can increase your home’s value by as much as 7% through renovation. If you don’t have renovations in your budget, then a coat of fresh paint is a low-hanging opportunity to freshen up your space and potentially boost your asking price. Choose a neutral palette to increase the appeal to as many tastes as possible; buyers need to be able to easily visualize themselves living in the home, and bright colors might turn them off.

Win Buyers With Great Photos

Amazing photos can increase the perceived value of your home! When you make sure your real estate agent offers great photos that show your home in its best light when it comes time to list. Home buyers seeking a new place to live will see the pictures online before ever making a decision to visit, so getting more people through the door can be a quick way to get a higher selling price.

Don’t DIY Your Home Sale

Especially if it’s your first time selling a home, make certain that you’re putting your best foot forward (and protecting yourself) my working with a great Nashville agent.

 

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