Four Easy Steps to Increase the Value of Your Home
When it comes time to sell your St George home, you want to get the best possible price for it. That means that you need to make sure your house is in top shape before you place it on the market. What if I told you that you could increase your home’s value without having to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket? It’s true. Below are four simple tips to increase your home’s value.
Fix It! – There’s no such thing as a “small” repair when selling a home. Buyers are extremely critical when it comes time to assess a St George home to purchase. They look at everything. And, I do mean EVERYTHING! Now is the time to take care of any maintenance that you have put off over the years. The bent screens, wobbly doorknobs, creaky hinges and loose cabinet pulls may not seem like a big deal to you as a homeowner, but a buyer looks at these and wonders what bigger items have been overlooked as well. Research has shown that a “buyer’s cost” can be as much as twice the “actual cost” to fix/repair/replace something. This can affect their offer price. By taking care of the “little things”, you can stop that from happening.
Bring It Into the “Now” – Get rid of the shag carpeting, polished brass fixtures and avocado green stove. Updating your St George home with a fresh coat of paint on the interior walls, replacing older appliances with new ones and even changing out the drawer pulls, cabinet door knobs and light fixtures in the bathroom can go a long way to making your older home look new again. And at a relatively low cost as well.
Freshen Up the Curb Appeal – First impressions last. The exterior of your St George property is the first thing a buyer is going to see. Make sure it is clean, the lawn is mowed and the shrubbery is neatly trimmed. Get rid of any weeds and make sure all tools and toys are safely tucked out of sight. Often overlooked areas of the home are the driveway and sidewalks. Keep them clear of any debris and get rid of any stains. Consider purchasing a brand new welcome mat for the front door, replacing an old exterior light with something new and adding some potted flowers for a spot of color.
Making an Energy Efficient Change – Many buyers in today’s market are looking for more ways to save money. This includes when they purchase a home. If your appliances are old and outdated, now would be the perfect time to upgrade them to new energy efficient models. Energy Star and many local government agencies offer rebates on some newer, more energy-efficient appliances. Ask your salesperson about rebate offers available when you purchase your Energy Star appliance.
These four simple tips to increase your home’s value prove that you don’t have to spend your life savings to make your St George home attractive to buyers and bring in a better offer. A few changes can make a big difference. If you or someone you know is looking to sell their St George property, contact Erika Rogers – your for St. George, UT and surrounding communities.