Easy Tips to Increase Your Home’s Value Before Listing
September 25, 2019 | Katy Yanossy
If you are considering putting your North Florida property on the market, there may be some things to take care of first. Check out the tips below and keep in mind these are specific to our area of North Florida (Live Oak, Lake City, Wellborn, Jasper, Mayo Branford, etc.) Real estate here is much different from larger areas. When searching the web for ways to increase your home’s value you may find recommendations like adding solar panels or hiring a designer. That doesn’t apply here! Read on for more realistic ways to increase your home’s value before listing.
#1. Curb appeal
Keep it simple! Do away with overgrown bushes and add some newer, low maintenance plants with some pine straw or mulch.
If the exterior of your home has trim that needs repainting, an old light fixture on the front porch, or anything that screams “deferred maintenance”, address this now. Also, a good pressure washing can work wonders!
The overall goal when addressing your home’s curb appeal is simple, clean and crisp.
If you are vacating your home before listing it, this will be an easy one! But if you plan to live in your home while it’s on the market you should go ahead and start decluttering, especially if you’ve been in the home for years and years. Keep decorative baskets and bins around the house to throw things in before showings.
Keep kitchen counters clutter free! You need your kitchen to appear as large as possible. Having too much out on your counters will make your counter space appear very minimal.
#3. Light Fixtures
Adding a new light fixture can be a very inexpensive way to update a room. If your living room has an outdated ceiling fan try switching it out for something newer. Other rooms where newer light fixtures can make a huge difference are the Foyer and Dining Room.
#4. Touch up paint
In most cases, new paint on the walls is not necessary but there are some main areas of the home that get more wear and tear. If there are areas on your walls, trim or doors that look dirty, do some touch up painting. Also, white trim can fade or start to appear dingy over time. Throw an extra coat of paint on these areas and you will see a huge difference!
If you have carpets that are obviously dirty and stained try having them cleaned. If most of the flooring in your home is in good shape but you have one room (like a bathroom) with outdated flooring or cracked tiles, replace the flooring with a simple vinyl plank that you can install yourself and blends in with the rest of the home.
#6. Maintain your property well
Keep the grass mowed, trim your bushes as needed, and don’t let the flower beds become overgrown. Sweep the front porch, keep bathrooms and kitchens extra clean, you get the idea!
#7. Bonus points!
If you really want to go the extra mile and be proactive, have your home inspected up front. Go ahead and address any issues that could come up later and hold up a deal.