Whether you’re considering selling a home or you already have one on the market, you deserve to get the highest possible price for it, especially if you’re moving up to a newer or larger house.
There are plenty of budget-friendly, easy-effort things you can do to increase the asking price of your home and ensure you get worthwhile offers. The experienced real estate agents at Bee Realty Corp can help you decide which small changes could boost your home’s value and make it stand out during showings so you secure top bids.
Don’t Settle for a Lower Price When Selling Your Home
Of course, you want to set your house at a price that doesn’t drive away serious buyers or result in inflated appraisals. A good real estate agent will help you price your home competitively and market it to potential buyers. They can also help you find ways to improve or enhance some of your home’s features to sell it for more.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
If you’ve thought of remodeling or upgrading some outdated rooms before listing your home, concentrate first on the kitchen and bathrooms. These two rooms have long proven to get homeowners the best return for the money, boosting the home’s value and making it more attractive to high bidders.
To minimize costs and avoid expensive major overhauls, focus only on items and features that give you the most return on a relatively small investment, such as a fresh coat of paint, updated countertops and cabinets, strategic lighting, and new faucets and fixtures.
Low-Cost, High-Gain Improvements
Even homeowners with limited DIY skills can spruce up their homes in small ways. Concentrate on the areas potential buyers tend to see first, like kitchen cabinets, flooring, and walls. Touch up chipped paint and get rid of dated wallpaper to give your home an updated, fresh look and feel. Replace old, worn-out carpeting and rugs and, if the floors underneath them are in good condition, consider having them refinished.
Enhance Curb Appeal
Boosting your home’s curb appeal is essential to preparing to sell and getting better offers. Simple ways to ensure your home makes an excellent first impression include:
- Replacing or repainting the front door. Replacing your home’s entry door can bring you a 64% return on your investment and greatly improve its appearance. A new garage door brings a whopping 93% return! You can also repaint the front door and give the door fixtures a quick polish to make them look new.
- Clean and maintain windows. If you don’t want to refresh your entire exterior with new siding or paint, window cleaning and repainting is a great way to make your house look brighter and more inviting.
- Freshen the pathway. A quick power wash is sometimes all it takes to make a walkway pristine. Clear away weeds and put in new plantings and lighting to complete the transformation.
Improve the Flow
How many times have you heard it said before? You must declutter your house before listing it to eliminate any visual “noise” that detracts from a buyer’s attention to all your home’s value aspects. If a room still feels crowded, try rearranging the furniture to increase visual appeal or put a few pieces in storage to improve flow. Have you converted a spare bedroom into a home office? Talk to your real estate agent about whether it’s worth turning it back into a bed or guest room to increase your home’s value and asking price.
Invest in Upgraded Lighting
Many interior designers recommend replacing or upgrading your home’s lighting before putting the house on the market. Most homeowners adapt to the lighting they have, but the fixture types and quality of lighting in your house can make a difference in how buyers perceive it.
Two simple tricks are installing higher wattage lightbulbs throughout the house for showing and keeping blinds, curtains, and drapes open to make the best use of natural light. Talk about any possible upgrades with your real estate agent, who can guide you on what might truly help.
No matter which improvements you invest in, the good news is you don’t have to break the bank to maximize the value of your home. As long as you focus your efforts on the items that will bring you the best return via a higher asking price, you’ll be sure to make your home stand out in a competitive housing market.
Get Your Asking Price with Bee Realty Corp
It’s true that an asking price isn’t always “set in stone,” but that doesn’t mean you must accept a lowball offer. The real estate agents at Bee Realty Corp can guide you on which home improvement efforts will put your home in the best light so you can set the perfect sales price.
Are you ready to experience working with the largest producing private broker in Volusia County? Now’s the time to reach out! Talk to one of our real estate agents today by contacting us online or calling us at 386-279-7522.