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6 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value

Small changes can make a huge difference for your bottom line.

If you’re in the market to sell your home, you want the best price possible. Besides hiring an experienced realtor and doing your own market research, it’s always important to invest in upgrades and improvements, too. With a limited budget, however, it can be hard to figure out what to prioritize. Here’s what we suggest. 

Home Inspection

No one likes a surprise when closing, so save yourself the burden of negotiating down by understanding your home’s issues beforehand. By hiring a home inspector before you make a deal, you’ll gain a stronger understanding of what big changes, if any, need to be made to sell your home. If you understand there are issues but do not want to repair them yourself, you can sell the property as-is to avoid spending more than you’d like. 

Kitchen 

Your kitchen is the crown jewel of your home. If you can only afford to revamp one area of your home, experts say you’ll get the most by investing in your kitchen. So where should you start? While everyone loves an open floor plan, it’s not always feasible to change the interior structure. Instead, consider updating to quartz countertops and replacing older appliances with stainless steel. Updates like these will give your kitchen a fresh, modern feel. 

Energy Efficiency

Everyone loves a good deal. As more people become aware of how costly it is to heat, cool, and power their homes, many are willing to pay a little more upfront to save on utility bills in the future. In addition, energy efficient features appeal to the environmentally conscious buyer who hopes to reduce their carbon footprint. A few ways to make your home greener include installing high efficiency windows, adding a tankless water heater, and improving your home’s insulation.

Dated Features

Let’s face it: buyers can be superficial, and not all of them will share your taste in decor. When push comes to shove, it’s important to recognize how a clash of tastes could lower your home value. To maximize your sale price, consider stripping your home of dated wallpaper, replacing retro tiles in the bathroom, and switching out your old carpet for something fresh and easy to maintain. 

Paint

A poor choice of paint color can instantly turn buyers off. Avoid making big, colorful statements in each room. Instead, stick to neutral and high quality paints that show off the space. That doesn’t mean your entire home has to be white, though. Play around with grays, earth tones, and other shades. Neutral doesn’t have to be boring!

Yard

Your front yard is your chance to make a positive first impression. While you may feel pressured to make your landscape look fancier, the opposite may be the best choice. Keep your front and back yards simple and neat. A lawn with too many trees and shrubs could mean a lot of maintenance for the future owner. 

Looking for more advice? Check out our home selling tips here.

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Raquel Guarino

Raquel Guarino is a writer for Realty.com and Help.com. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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