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5 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Resale Value

How to improve your house sale appeal

If you’re in the market to sell your home, you want to make sure you get the best price possible without investing a lot of your own time and money. To get started increasing the resale value of your home, take a look at these five ideas.

Make your home more valuable
With some smart tidying up, small improvements and cleaning up,
your home's resale value will improve, with more sale appeal.

1. Add Some Space

Increasing the square footage of your house will offer a substantial increase in its value. Before you start renovations, make sure your home can actually handle additional square footage and plan out the ways that you want to expand different parts of your house. For example, if you’re on less than an acre of land, you probably won’t be able to add a guest house, pool, or a large side addition. Instead, you may want to see where you could include another bathroom, a multifuncional family area, or some office space.

2. Tidy Up the House

First impressions are everything. If your home looks great the moment a potential buyer shows up to an open house, it could be more appealing and result in a more competitive offer from the buyer. Declutter your entire house and make sure all surfaces, furniture, and floors are as clean as possible.

It’s also a good idea to pay attention to the exterior of your home. Increase curb appeal by freshening up your current landscaping. Other minor details that can make a world of difference include focusing on your kitchen and bathrooms. You don’t have to splurge on heated towel racks, but adding a fresh coat of paint, new countertops, or cupboards can make a world of difference.

3. Have “Low-Maintenance” in Mind

Many home buyers are increasingly worried about surprise home issues that tend to occur right after a purchase has been made. Making a point to repair or replace major home appliances that aren’t working properly, like your furnace, water heater, or plumbing systems, will help quell your prospective home buyer’s nerves on investing on a new home. Before dropping hundreds of dollars on a new appliance, first check to see if your home warranty covers the appliance in question. This will help save you time and money in the process.

4. Upgrade in Energy Efficient Features

Adding features that help conserve energy will offer huge resale value to your home. Items such as energy efficient windows, added insulation, and even solar panels will increase property value and also help the new owners of your home save money on their utilities month over month. Look for ENERGY STAR-rated appliances—these are reliable appliances that can help save you money in the long run.

5. Make Your Home Smart

Being able to call your home a smart home is a lot easier than you’d think. Adding features like a smart thermostat, automated door locks, fire and carbon monoxide detectors, and automatic lighting will allow you to list your home as a much sought after “smart home” and increase its overall resale value.

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