8 Things You Can do to Bring Higher Offers on Your Home

January 21, 2020

 

There is a saying in real estate that all sellers think their home is worth more than it is– sometimes that is true, sometimes not. But there are several things sellers can do to improve the value of their home and attract higher offers. If you are thinking about putting your home on the market this year, consider these options. 

  1. Improve the Curb Appeal. Make sure your home gives a great first impression by tending to outside maintenance. Have the exterior, roof and walkways pressure cleaned. Clean up landscaping and add fresh plants and mulch to beds. Replace or repair damaged window screens, patio furniture, irrigation pipes and valves, siding, soffits, or shutters.
  1. Add Smart Home Features. Consider adding some smart home features to increase efficiency and ease maintenance. Some smart features include thermostats, door locks, smoke detectors, irrigation systems, indoor and outdoor lights, solar panels, appliances, security cameras, and even window shades.
  1. Make Repairs. Many home buyers want a house that is move-in ready and doesn’t require them to put a lot of money into repairs. If big-ticket items such as the roof or HVAC system are nearing replacement time, it might be wise to go ahead and replace them prior to listing and reflect the improvements in your asking price. Other repairs you should make before listing include doors or windows that don’t close or lock properly, leaky pipes or faucets, damage to walls or ceilings, replacing stained carpet or broken tiles, and swimming pool or deck repairs.
  1. Increase Energy Efficiency. Home sellers are often asked to provide copies of utility bills so buyers can gauge what their energy costs will be. Homes with features such as adequate insulation, insulated doors and windows, ceiling fans, programmable or smart thermostats, tankless water heaters, newer appliances, energy efficient lighting can be attractive to buyers.
  1. Keep the House Clean. When buyers see a pristine home, it sends the message that the home is well-cared for and less likely to have hidden problems.
  1. Finish Projects. If you started to add a deck, finish an attic space, or close in a porch, now is the time to finish the project so buyers don’t have to figure out what to do with your half-finished project.
  1. Have the House Painted. A fresh coat of paint, inside and out, does wonders for improving the way a house shows. This is particularly important if the current color palette is outdated, dark or bold.
  1. Consider Upgrades. There is always debate as to whether you should invest in remodeling before you list your home. It might be helpful to get some estimates and talk it over with a contractor and your real estate agent. Kitchen and bathroom updates can get you a decent return when done well. Even if you choose not to move forward with the remodel, providing the estimates to potential buyers can be helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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