Houses for Sale—Improving the Market Value

When houses are for sale is put on the market the homeowners want to make sure that they can sell it for as much money as possible so this is why it is important that you improve the value of your home.  A homeowner can accomplish this in many ways.  Some home improvement projects can be expensive while others are inexpensive.  When deciding what home improvement projects to do to increase the value of houses for sale the homeowner should try to look at the house from a buyer’s perspective to see what they might see that would make the home worth the price you are asking.

Inside

  • If it has been several years since the walls were painted or the colors are outdated or do not seem to go together take the time to repaint.  Choose soft colors that coordinate with each other.  You do not want to paint your walls a bright color.  Have soft colors will give the perspective buyer the opportunity to imagine how their furniture would look in the various rooms and if the colors do not suit them it is easier to paint over soft colors than bright colors.
  • Clean and organize your home.  Since you are moving pack up some of the personal items such as family photos, personal items, etc and rent a storage area in which to store the boxes.  Make your home less cluttered.  If you have any extra furniture put those in storage also.  You want to have the perspective buyer to view the home with their things in the rooms and not your stuff.  It will also make the rooms seem larger without all the clutter.
  • Clean the carpets and make sure they have no odor. 
  • Change the knobs on the kitchen cabinets to give them a new look and wipe down the outside of the cabinets and make sure they are clean and organized.

Outside

  • When a perspective buyer comes to your home the first thing that they see is the front of the home and the front yard so make sure that your lawn is mowed and looks neat.  If you have children, there should be none of their toys scattered in the front yard.  This is referred to as “curb appeal.”
  • Make sure any shrubs are neatly trimmed
  • Before houses for sale are put on the market, the homeowner should have the roof inspected and replaced if necessary.  This would be one of the bigger expenses to improve the value of your home.
  • Make sure that the driveway has no cracks and is free of oil spots.

These are just some of the many ways in which homes for sale can improve their market value.

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