When the inventory on homes for sale is low and the demand is high, it's quite possible for your home to sell for much more than what it would otherwise be worth. That said, there are also things that you can do increase the value of your home at any time to ensure you get as much as you possibly can from a potential buyer. Doing these two things will help increase the home's resale value.
Enhance The Curb Appeal
Improving the curb appeal should be a top priority. It's easy to do on your own, so the money you save by not hiring a professional will be pure profit.
In a neighborhood where everyone has relatively flat front yards, some landscaping can really make a big difference. Try adding some elevation by adding a small hill off to the side of your yard. If your natural grass is looking really bad, replace it with sod. Add a garden bed to the front yard and plant some flowers for a splash of color. Even adding a custom mailbox can make a house look like a home and will help people envision themselves living in it.
A home that looks well cared for from the curb will give the appearance to potential buyers that you didn't neglect other maintenance and general repairs. In addition, it will give your home that "wow" factor that will make potential buyers fall in love with your home before they even step foot inside it.
Do Repairs Before You List
Anything that a potential buyer finds wrong with a home is going to lower the value of it in their mind. As they walk through the house for the first time, they will be focused on things that they are able to see, such as scuffed floors and scratched walls. It won't be until the home inspection that they get the full rundown on what is happening inside the walls.
Before you list your home, consider doing upgrades to areas that are clearly in need of help. Adding more insulation to an attic is relatively inexpensive if you do it yourself by renting the tools at a local home improvement store. Painting rooms doesn't require professional help either and can make a room look fresh. If you have old carpeting that is worn down, replace it in the rooms that really need it. The fewer problems a potential buyer sees with a home, the more likely they'll want to make an offer at your asking price.
For more information on how to increase your home's value, speak with a realtor from a company like Keller Williams Realty-Felicia F. Long.
Searching for a home a hundred miles away from where I was previously living was hard. There was no way for us to take a trip up to see every single house that we found online to see first-hand the condition that it was in and how big it truly was. I had to find a real estate agent that I could trust to help us find several houses to make a trip up to see in a single day. I created this blog after going through the buying process and making the move. It is my hope that if you are buying a new home far from your current one, that the tips here will help to make it an easy transaction for you.