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Increase the Value of Your Home

When it comes to selling your home, increasing the value of the property should be high on your priority list. There are some simple and inexpensive tweaks that will allow you to get a much better deal and also help you to generate more interest. You owe it to yourself to get the best possible value for your home.

Increasing the value of your home is a lot easier than you might think. Increasing the value starts from the first day that you get your home. You need to make sure that you maintain your home properly from day one. This means fixing problems as they crop up and not ignoring them, regularly cleaning walls, floors, etc. and generally making sure that the property is kept up properly. Fixing problems as they crop up will save you having to make expensive repairs when the property is sold.  Remember that prospective buyers tend to over-exaggerate both the costs and the inconvenience of repairs to be done.

 Look at the Kitchen and Bathroom

An outdated bathroom and kitchen can prove the kiss of death to a home’s appeal. If you have a fabulous kitchen and bathroom, buyers will be willing to overlook a lot of cosmetic imperfections elsewhere. Make sure that the kitchen looks up to date, airy and as spacious as possible. Be very careful though to not overcapitalise. There is always a cap on how much you can get for your house and this depends on the area. Look at similar houses in the area and what they are selling for. You can update a kitchen easily by repainting it and by changing handles.

Gardens are Important

Not everyone is big on gardens but all buyers want to see a neat garden when they look at a house. Neglected gardens make buyers think that the rest of the house is just as neglected.

An Extra Bedroom

You may love the idea of having a home study or sauna but, if you are planning to sell your home soon, an extra, generic room is a better idea. This way the prospective owners can turn it into whatever they want. Some people may want the extra bedroom, some may want home offices – let the buyer determine what the room will be for.

Make it Universally Appealing

The concept of home staging is nothing new but few people properly understand it. The idea is to make the home appealing to as many people as possible. You need to clear out all clutter and make sure that the colours on the wall and floor as neutral. If you are repainting because you are selling, forego the bright oranges, etc. and stick to the more neutral beiges and whites.

There is Never too Much Light

A very simple renovation that pays off big time is to take down a wall in order to open up an area. This is especially true in older houses where there are a lot of passages and dark spaces. Taking some of these walls down will increase the amount of light that gets in and will make the space look a lot airier.

In general, you should look at making over your home as an investment. The more it appeals to people in general, the more buyers you will attract and the better the price that you will get. 

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