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


2) INSPECTION

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.


3) PAINT

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

 

4) ACCESSORIES

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.


5) KITCHEN/BATH

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 If you are on a smaller budget, replace outdated fixtures, knobs,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BATH: The most cost effective change is to replace outdated vanity/fixtures and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.


7) DE-CLUTTER

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.


8) LANDSCAPING

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.


9) WASTE

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.


10) STAGING

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.