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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Boost Your Home’s Resale Value on the Cheap


I am so grateful to have been able to buy a house in a community I love that I have no plans on moving away from this place any time in the near future, if ever. But I do know, though, that many people are trying to sell their home, and in order to increase its resale value often invest lots of money into their property first. This post was sent by a reader, and hopefully it'll be useful for those of you in need of some ideas on how to boost your home's resale value without needing to spend too much money on the process.

Moving is never easy, both from the aspect of logistics and emotionally. Leaving your home for a new place you may not know much about can be stressful. However, if you are able to get a good price for your home, you can be more content with the whole situation. Prepping your home for the sale doesn’t have to cost a whole lot of money if you do it smartly.


Some key features of your home can increase your home’s value significantly. This article shows you some ideas which you can use before you call your sales agent to inspect your home and give you an estimate.

Cleaning
Before you can start any remodeling project, you need to clean your home thoroughly. Make sure you don’t miss anything in order to be able to spot any and all imperfections and problems. Start with the floors, but don’t forget the counters, walls and particularly the bathrooms. Use strong cleaning agents to make sure you got everything.
Once the cleaning is done, you can see what needs to be replaced or changed. Start with one room at the time, but it is useful to make an overall plan before you start. This way you can make sure that all the changes you make are compatible and uniform throughout the house.

Paint
First and probably most striking change you can make is giving your home a fresh new paint job. The Business Insider gives some decent advice about which colors can help you sell your home, so you can consult their article for inspiration. It helps if you use environment-friendly paint since many home buyers are concerned with the environment.

Lights
Another thing which can really make or break a house is lighting. You can purchase new lamps, or rearrange those which you already have to get the best possible light output. Adding mirrors at strategic places can further enhance the lighting.
Perhaps more important than the regular lights are accent lights. These are typically small LED lamps installed to accentuate an object or a part of the house. Most commonly, they are placed in the kitchens or bathrooms, but your imagination is the limit as to where you can put them. Relatively inexpensive, they can make a real difference in perception.

AC Unit
Having a fully functional AC unit is paramount to being able to sell your house. Make sure your AC is cleaned and operational. You can do it by yourself or find a technician to do it for you.

Appliances
Replacing some inexpensive appliances from your kitchen is always a sure win. When buying new appliances, make sure they are stainless steel. This color and material seem to resonate the best with potential buyers, probably because they evoke the sense of durability and functionality of the steel.

Outdoors
Finally, make sure you do not to neglect the rest of your property. What’s around the house can be just as important as the house itself. All the trees and bushes need to be neatly pruned, and the lawn freshly mowed. You can transform a plain backyard into an oasis of tranquility with just a few potted plants and some solar lamps.

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