5 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value Before Selling

5 ways to increase your home's value before sellingRenovations can make your home worth more, and if you’re planning to make any changes, here are some tips to improve your home while saving money:

  1. Tackle one room at a time. It will make it easier on you, and you won’t have to stress about keeping pets or little ones out of multiple rooms at a time. It will also be less costly because there is less going on, and fewer people (contractors, subcontractors, etc.) coming in and out of your house at one time.
  2. The kitchen is your home’s money maker and a good selling point. Replace your appliances if you can; it adds instant value if you have a new stovetop, oven or refrigerator. Reface your cabinets and replace your countertops if you can afford to. They’ll give an older kitchen new life. Consider ways to optimize the space or expand it.
  3. Change the bathroom. Bathrooms are another huge selling point. Upgrade your bathtub; make it bigger if you can. Install a shower with a moveable showerhead, or a rain showerhead. Change out overhead lighting for wall mounts to add warmth to the bathroom. Heated floors are also a big bonus. A small change that can have a big impact is adding new grout, making the bathroom look cleaner without spending a lot of money.
  4. Revitalize a room with a new paint color. If your home has bold colors, consider repainting with more neutral colors. They’re sometimes more appealing and help would-be buyers picture themselves in your home with their own décor.
  5. Add storage in the garage. While this is a relatively easy fix, it can add a lot of value and convenience for prospective buyers.

Remember that a more expensive project may not add more value. Swimming pools, for example, are costly to maintain. Instead, make minor changes to add value without a lot of expense or hassle.


Marti Reeder, Realtor, Managing Broker