Maximizing Your Home Value


Are you ready to list your home for sale? One of the first questions you might have is, “how can I maximize my home value?” Every seller wants to get the best possible price for their home, and fortunately, there are ways to make sure your potential buyers see the real value of your property and allow you to receive top dollar when you sell.

Clean, de-clutter, and de-personalize: The first thing every home seller needs to do is take a critical look at the home and clear out the distractions. Cleaning the house and yard is a must.  Next, remove anything that can draw a buyer’s eye away from the beauty of the home, including family photos, sports memorabilia, religious artifacts, and knick-knacks.  You want the buyer to be able to see their items in your home.

Redecorate:  Professional home stagers will often advise clients to remove and replace furnishings. Even if you love oversized furniture, it can make the room look small. Consider renting more neutral pieces during the listing.

Update carefully: It is not vital for home sellers to have the latest countertops or custom bathtub to get a good value for their home. Often the home updates and improvements sellers undergo cost more than they would lose in sales price without them. If your home is very dated, consider a seller credit instead to allow the buyer to choose their upgrades.

Homes retain value based on a few factors: the location, the condition, and the features. Before you list your house, speak with your REALTOR®, friends and family for an objective opinion about the state of your home, then make any necessary repairs and changes to ensure you get the best value for your home when you sell.

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