Looking for ways to increase your home’s value?
Putting your home on the market and analyzing your home’s value can be stressful, especially when you want to get bang for your buck. A lot of the time many home owners hold a certain expectation for their listing price. But, it is important to keep a couple things in mind. What have you done in order to retain your home’s value over the years? One important factor is maintenance.
1. Get A Home Inspection
Getting a home inspection prior to receiving an offer is a great way to get a better understanding of your home’s value. Many times, Buyer do not waive the home inspection and things are found that can potentially the transaction falling through. According to the DIY Network, “Not every home improvement is cosmetic. Deteriorating roofs, termite infestation or outdated electrical systems — you can’t fix it if you don’t know it’s broken. Hire an inspector to check out the areas of your home that you don’t normally see. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home’s value.
2. Don’t Procrastinate-Make those repairs!
We know, repairs mean money, Keeping up with maintenance can be time consuming. But, it is important to keep in mind that the longer you procrastinate at making certain repairs, you are risking matters getting worse and in the long run you could potentially end up paying more for something minor. According to This Old House “Before thinking about a fancy upgrade to the kitchen, address the basics. Insulate the attic, repair plumbing leaks, replace rusty rain gutters, inspect the furnace and the septic system, replace or repair leaky windows, install storm doors, weed the flower beds.” Small changes make a BIG difference when it comes to increasing your home’s value. You don’t have to spend a fortune. Keeping up with your landscaping and curb-appeal also makes an impact on the first impression of your home.
3. Consider staging your home.
Staging your home is important when it comes to Showings, Open House, and of course your home’s photos that will be posted online (which a lot of the time is the Buyers first impression). Try spending time with a professional stager to get some advice as they know what it takes to make your home more appealing. A couple things that will need to be done is de-cluttering, keeping it clean, and organized.
Many Buyers want to feel as if the home is already move- in ready and well taken care of. It is important to think about the qualities you look for in a home and apply those to your current home. Professional stagers also have great advice about moving furniture to make a room appear larger & more spacious (which is a big deal to buyers) ..Also, adding simple little details that make a difference. Refreshing a paint job with neutrals also has been proven to help sell your home faster, for the most money.
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Are You Looking to Sell Your Home or Simply Revamp Your Master Bedroom?
The Master Bedroom is an important room when it comes to selling your home, besides the kitchen, living room, and master bath. The master is where your potential buyer should feel cozy and picture as their own sanctuary. Sticking to neutrals, pastels, and taupes is best. Adding style is important as well, How do you want people to feel when they walk into the master bedroom? How would you want to feel? Keep organized and invest in making the space better! In the long run it will help sell your home faster and for the most money. You don’t have to spend a fortune, little changes and eye catching details will do.
Ways to help you improve your living space: Do research! Look at photos and ideas you love using Pinterest, Instagram, and Google images! When you go shopping make sure you have a clear idea as to what you want the vibe to be, it doesn’t have to be identical. Cute picture frames, greenery/flowers, inspirational qoutes, classic bedroom confuters, ETC make a big difference. Make sure to remove clutter and make your area simple and easy to manage, not only is this a great tactic when selling your home, but there has been studies that the less clutter your home has, the less stress inducing your living space will be. Staying organized is a great way to feel motivated day-to-day.
Consider hiring a professional stager if you feel stuck in a rut. Buyers love attending homes that are in fair condition and look like they have been taken care of and valued. It can be easy for sellers to have a mindset of “well I am moving so what is the point” but, keep in mind that with this mindset also comes the possibility of your home not selling as fast and not for the cost you would like to receive. That is why it is crucial to work with an agent during that transaction process.
Small details make the world of a difference when it comes to selling your home.
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Spring Cleaning Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful!
Are You Moving? Are you attempting to declutter? It’s spring cleaning. Hell, it’s Wednesday morning and you’re looking through that pile of papers that lives on your counter. It’s time to purge all the junk mail, old tax returns, checks, medical records and bank statements that are exploding from the file cabinet making it impossible to file the NEW pile of documents that has currently swallowed that permission slip you happen to be looking for. Decluttering can be extremely helpful when you feel that your life is too much to keep up with!
Here at Covelle & Cohen we are firm believers in organization. When staging a home we are always sure to explain that a well kept home always tends to sell fastest for the most money. Your home doesn’t have to be the most stunning on the block, but a clean environment makes a BIG difference to potential buyers.