How to Increase Your Home’s Value

Selling a home can be a simultaneously exciting and stressful time. On the one hand, you’re likely moving on to something that will better compliment your lifestyle. However, you also need to make sure that your current home sells, and hopefully for a good price. With that in mind, there are a few ways that you can increase your home’s value and make sure that it sells at the right price! Here are a few tips on how to make your home into a buyer’s dream! 

Invest In Your Curb Appeal

When potential buyers pull up to your home, their first impression is formed based on everything on the outside. The exterior paint, landscaping, and design features will set the tone for the entire tour. Keeping that in mind, it’s a very good idea to invest some time and money into your home’s curb appeal. First, start with some landscaping. Add some mulch, mow the lawn, prune your shrubs, and plant some flowers! This will all go a long way in making sure that your house sells. In fact, HomeLight suggests that a well-landscaped home can fetch 5.5 – 12.7% more than one with no landscaping.

After this is completed, take a look at the condition of your home’s exterior. Clean or update your siding, make sure the roof is in good condition, paint your front door, and make sure your windows and gutters all look fresh. According to Baird and Warner, these small projects can have a significant impact when it comes to bringing in buyers. 

Paint The Inside

Don’t underestimate the power of fresh paint inside your house. Painting the interior of your home will help to portray a clean and fresh look and can even highlight some of your home’s unique features. Don’t worry about painting your entire house though. There are only a few rooms that buyers will look at for new paint. According to Heart and Home Staging, these rooms are the entrance, kitchen, and bathrooms. Limit your budget and your attention to these select areas. Clean them up and paint with neutral colors to give your home a clean look. This will go a long way in making your home a more inviting and appealing place. 

Spruce Up Your Floors

The last suggestion on our list is to pay attention to what’s underneath your feet. Whether it’s carpet, hardwood, or laminate, you’ll want to make sure that it is in good condition. The reality is that flooring is one of the first things potential buyers notice when they walk into your home. Unfortunately, many people will walk away from a house if the flooring looks shabby or outdated. According to iBuyer, 54% of buyers will pay more for a home with hardwood floors. Consider a hand-scraped, worn, or engineered hardwood style to really increase your home’s value. 

Selling your home can be a stressful and intimidating task. Hopefully, these tips will help you feel a little more confident going into the process. At Gerstad Builders, we want to make sure you are set up for success and that your next home meets your every need. Fill out our contact form or call us at 815-385-4495 to get started today! 

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