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Inexpensive Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

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by Sally Boone
(Los Angeles, California, USA)

If you’re looking to sell your home, but are afraid that you may not get the price you want, there are some ways you can spruce up the home to look more desirable to a buyer without costing a lot of money to do it.

There are many things a buyer is looking for in a home. The most common areas that are key to a good sale are the kitchen, bathrooms and storage areas. Here’s how you can give them a fresh look to add value to your home.

Remodeling a kitchen can be costly – especially if you’re looking to do it just to sell a home. You can give the look of an expensive remodel by simply changing the look of the cabinets.

If they’re still in good shape, they won’t need to be replaced. Just give the doors and drawers a clean re-varnishing job and replace the handles and drawer knobs. Make sure they’re uncluttered so that they appear to have ample space when a potential buyer opens them up to evaluate what they’ll be buying into.

Take a look at the flooring. If it’s torn badly or worn out, it will need to be replaced. If there’s only a tile or two that’s torn, then just replace those tiles and make sure the floor is sparkling clean when a prospective buyer comes to look at it.

Anything that’s torn and damaged within the kitchen area should be fixed or replaced. Don’t try to hide it because this could cause the deal to fall through after the inspection process takes place.

The bathroom area is another key place to keep updated to add value to a home. Pedestal sinks are inexpensive and easy to install yourself. This gives a clean, modern look to the bathroom and makes it more desirable to a buyer.

Like the kitchen, the bathroom flooring should also be free from torn or damaged areas. Replace any chipped tiles and clean or replace the tile grouting to give the appearance of a new tile job.

A clean, sparkling, updated look to a bathroom will piqué a buyer’s interest in your home. Stage it with candles, a flower arrangement, and other small details that give a welcoming appearance.

The third most common area that a buyer looks for are the storageareas within the home. The more storage a home has, the better it will sell. If your home doesn’t have much for storage space, you can still stay in the running.

Make the best use of the storage areas you do have to get a buyer interested. The best way to do this is by purchasing inexpensive closet organizers. Buyers can still be interested in your home if they see well-organized storage spaces.

A closet organizer provides cubicle-type areas to place a lot of things instead of throwing a bunch of stuff on the floor of a closet. Plus, you can take these with you when you move to your new home, so it’s agood investment.

Pay attention to the small details inside your home and find inexpensive ways to fix damaged areas and update old, worn out areas. These small things can be quickly spotted, so make sure they’re pleasing to the eye and are not an eyesore to visitors arriving for a showing.

It will make all the difference in the world when selling your home and whether or not you can get the price the home really deserves. Do a walk-through with a trusted friend and have them point out any areas where you may not realize something’s not up to par.

Don’t forget the outside of your property, too! Inside, it’s easy to stage the house and spiff it up as if you were having a party and wanted everything in tip top shape, but don’t ignore the outside because it’s the first impression your prospective buyers will have.

Clean up debris, give your home a new paint job if necessary, and make sure the lawn is mowed and clutter is removed. Replace lightbulbs outside, too, because many prospects will attend a daytime showing but drive by later on to see what the house is like in the evening hours.

Updated: November 10, 2012 — 4:56 am

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