Friday, May 31, 2019 / by Alexander Haigh
If you’re planning to put your home on the market, either very soon or in the near future, there are a few things you can do in order to add value to your listing:
1. Get your house professionally cleaned. Many of us live busy lives, and we don’t all have the time to get really detailed with cleaning, so it’s often worth the $200 to $500 cost to hire a professional to come clean your home. Buyers don’t want to see a house as a list of projects they’ll have to take on, so do this before listing to entice the best offers.
2. Declutter the house. This is a very simple task that you can do at a low cost to give your home more saleability. Remove all the extra stuff you don’t need or use from your counters, floors, drawers, and any other place that tends to become a catch-all for sundry possessions.
3. Have the living room professionally painted. Depending on your budget, it’s a good idea to have a professional service come to fix the bumps, nicks, and holes in your walls and then repaint it. It’ll give your space a fresh appeal to buyers. Be sure to go with a color that is palatable to most people’s eyes; neutral colors fare better in home sales than the personalized colors that you enjoy. If you’d like ideas for popular palettes, reach out to us.
4. Put in a new kitchen. If you have $10,000 to $20,000 to spare, a renovated kitchen can take you far in your home sale.
5. Replace your carpet with tiles. Especially in Florida, carpet is kind of out of style. It’s fine in bedrooms, but for other areas, like the living room, many buyers like hardwood floors or tile; there’s now a kind of tile that looks like scraped wood. Carpets tend to trap dust and other soilage, making them hard to clean and remove odors.
6. Avoid putting in a swimming pool. Installing a pool in your home is not likely going to raise the value of your home. In fact, you’ll probably spend tens of thousands of dollars putting it in, but you’ll only get maybe half that back when you sell the home. Of course, you can always install a pool if that’s something that you and your family would love, but don’t do it if you’re trying to add value to your home.
If you have any questions about selling your home or would like referrals for contractors who can take care of these value-boosting projects, you are always invited to reach out to us. We’re here to help you.