Boost Your Home Value

6 Ways to Boost Your Home Value

to Sell in Spring

 
From Pro.com for YahooHomes 4/7/15

Are you planning to sell your house this spring? Here are some smart moves that can help you boost the value of your house. Spring buyers are more likely to pay full price for your property with tax refund checks in the bank, so take advantage of the season’s hot marketplace.

Here are six easy ways for you to instantly boost your home value in preparation to sell.

1. Yard

Whether you install an elegant paver walkway or you add vibrant colors to your planters, you can take simple steps to instantly brighten up your front yard. And be sure to invest in an edger to keep things neat and clean.

There are plenty of inexpensive ways to spruce up your front yard and add curb appeal — and first impressions make all the difference. Tend to your front yard and help your house stand out in your neighborhood.

(Credit: romakoma/Shutterstock)

(Credit: romakoma/Shutterstock)

2. Insulation

Attic insulation helps make your home comfortable. Without proper insulation, 30% of warm air produced by your heating system can escape through windows. Insulating your attic is not only inexpensive, it’s relatively quick and easy.

Recaulking your window and doors can also help you save money, and you’ll only have to sacrifice a weekend.

(Credit: Nagy-Bagoly Arpad/Shutterstock)

(Credit: Nagy-Bagoly Arpad/Shutterstock)

3. Lighten Up

Although many people love a dark and cozy bedroom, nobody likes a dank and heavy living space, especially if you are looking to keep up your home’s value. You can install recessed lighting inexpensively in your living room, kitchen and bathroom to brighten up your house. For bonus points, install a dimmer switch to help control the mood.

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(Credit: bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock)

4. Pipes

Are your pipelines are old and rusty? Does your drinking water have enough metals to form a small periodic table? If yes, then it’s time to replace them with new plumbing lines. Plumbing work in your house has a huge impact on your overall house value: Appraisers give a lot of weight to houses with proper plumbing systems.
The process is simpler now than the days when walls had to be torn up, making a huge mess and headache. Today, replacement of pipes is accomplished with reliable PEX plastic tubing — sort of like an extension cord running through your walls. This makes fewer holes in your walls and a lot less tension for you.

(Credit: Pawel G/Shutterstock)

(Credit: Pawel G/Shutterstock)

5. Popcorn Ceiling

These textured ceilings aren’t common in newer homes, but if you have an older home, you may have a case of popcorn ceilings. It’s best to have your popcorn ceiling removed, because it dates a home and lowers your home’s value. To replace popcorn ceilings, you need to take proper precautions, or hire a professional to take care of it for you, especially if it dates back to the ’70s or earlier: It might contain asbestos. The good news is that the entire ceiling does not need to be replaced, just the texturing.

(Credit: James L. Davidson/Shutterstock)

(Credit: James L. Davidson/Shutterstock)

6. Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the highest-traffic areas in a home. If you’re going to choose one room to invest  in, it should be the kitchen. You don’t have to do an entire overhaul. Refinishing cabinet doors, upgrading appliances or installing new tile or countertops can give your kitchen a valuable facelift.

(Credit: MR. INTERIOR/Shutterstock)

(Credit: MR. INTERIOR/Shutterstock)

 

Pro.com is a website founded in 2013 by service industry entrepreneurs and former Amazon executives to simplify home services — especially research on contractor fees and qualifications.

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