Easy Ways to Boost Your Home's Value

Posted on 02/27/2013

More homes sell in the spring and early summer than any other time of year, according to the Washington Post. One-fifth of home sales happen during the first three months of the year, while more than one-third happen during the months of May, June and July. If you're getting ready to put your property on the market this spring you may want to complete these five tasks to boost your home's value.

Grab Your Hedge Clippers
Take a weekend and attack your landscaping. Trim back overgrown hedges and trees, pull weeds and lay fresh mulch. First impressions are everything when it comes to selling your home. It's a great way to turn sweat equity into real cash.

Open Up the Floor Plan
Obviously taking out a load-bearing wall is not an easy task. But taking down a non-structural wall or widening a doorway could be a fairly inexpensive way to create an open floor plan. According to experts, that's one of the most requested features of choosy buyers.

Spiffy Up the Bath
You may not have the budget for a major bathroom renovation project, but certainly you can invest in a tube of caulk, new towels and an updated toilet seat. Those little fixes will leave your bathroom feeling fresh and clean-- not worn and outdated.

Touch Up Paint
If your walls are already neutral colors-- great. You'll have less work to do, but you'll still want to touch up chips or brush over scuffs. And if you've got some unconventional colors on the walls, say goodbye. You may love them, but chances are your future buyer won't.

This won't cost much more than time, but decluttering will definitely pay off. Don't simply shove everything in your cabinets or closets because buyers will look there too. And if they're not orderly it sends a message that the home is too small. Sell stuff, donate it or pack it up and store it neatly in the attic. It will also make moving easier once your property does sell.

By Alison Storm

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