LET ME HELP YOU MAXIMIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME AND PUT IT ON THE MARKET
by Diane Brewer
1) REALTOR® CONSULTATION
Get the advice of a local Real Estate professional:
DIANE BREWER • (805) 390-3986 • ConejoValleyHome.com
Realtor® CalBRE LIC#01978606
If you are curious about the appearance of something in your home, or the current
“shape” it is in, a physical inspection may be worth the fee. For instance, an unseen leak
can cause mold and flooring damage which can be quite costly if not properly repaired.
Getting a home inspection will eliminate any surprises and help you decide which repairs
to make up front, ensuring a smooth escrow.
A simple color scheme update and touching up the base boards can really give a fresh,
clean sought after look.
LET ME HELP YOU PUT YOUR HOME ON THE MARKET
Update your home décor to match the paint selection, such as coordinating throw
pillows, plants, towels etc. Replace overly worn area rugs and pillows with new ones
that compliment your interior and represent trending color palettes. Another option,
is to invest in home staging.
The two rooms that benefit the most from home renovations are the kitchen and bath.
KITCHEN: You don’t have to start from scratch to make the kitchen great and earn
buyer applause. If you are on a smaller budget, replace outdated fixtures, knobs,
old floor mats/carpets and accessories. If you have a bigger budget, consider fully
renovating with new appliances, counters, and sinks.
BATH: The most cost effective change is to replace outdated vanity/fixtures and
handles/knobs on cabinetry, or add a new tile floor. This will give you the biggest bang
for your buck and a modern look for buyers. If budget allows, take the time to replace
and update the counter and tub or shower.
6) REGULAR MAINTENANCE
Walk around your home and make a list of little things that are broken, or in need
of repair. Individually, they may not seem important, but if each room has one thing
wrong, it can create an impression that the home is neglected.
Keep your home running smoothly. Often deferred maintenance ends up costing more
in the end, especially slow leaks. If your home exterior is landscaped, check for proper
sprinkler coverage. If you are worried you might have pests, mice or rats, don’t let one
turn into a family, hire a pest exterminator. Dropping removal and build up can turn
into a big expense often becoming worse than the seller was aware of. If you aren’t
comfortable doing the repairs, hire a local handyman to help eliminate some of these
problems down the road.
If you aren’t able to do this yourself or with the help of your Realtor®, hire a
professional to get you organized. Ultimately this will help your homes overall
appearance, and make the moving process much easier.
Low maintenance, drought tolerant shurbbery and plants have become very popular
in recent years. Keep your yard as neat as possible, for a well manicured look. If your
landscaping could benefit from a spalsh of color, add in some vibrant, flowering
plants to the front and rear of your home. Potted plants can also work wonders as
if you wish to take them with you (make sure to disclose to buyers which items are not
included). If you don’t have any landscape, consider turf, gravel or bark in its place.
Trash any old or broken items that are taking up wasted space in and outside of
your home. Broken lawn chairs, mis-matched or faded patio sets can easily become
eye sores to potential buyers. When it comes to the interior of your home, consider
letting go of too many knick knacks, old magazines and newspaper collections. If you
can’t decide, box them up and put any unnecessary items in storage.
Staging can often help maximize the value of your home. Did you know that staged
homes spend half the time on the market than non-staged homes and typically sell for
more than 6% above asking price -Real Estate Staging Association. Talk to your agent
about whether or not your home is a candidate for professional styling services.
If you are able to accomplish all, or even some of these tips, your home will likely be
more appealing to buyers and ready to sell.
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