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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Invest Wisely: Home Improvements to Increase Property Value


Property values fluctuate based on the market, and if you’re looking to sell your home and get the top price for it, you may want to look into investing a little money into improvements that may be profitable in the event that your home sells. Small cosmetic changes do matter, and they are often quite easy and relatively inexpensive to make.

 They will create the first impressions that potential buyers have about your home, and they could make or break the buyer’s experience, even if they are as easy as simple as changing a paint color or updating plants in the yard. Here are a few great ideas for updating the look of your home without breaking the bank. These small changes will also likely pay for themselves with a little profit in the event that you sell your home.

Update Paint

Painting is easy to do yourself; therefore, it’s one of the least expensive but most powerful changes that you can make in your home. If you have any colors that are nontraditional, you may want to consider changing those to cleaner, more traditional colors that will appeal to a wide variety of people. Blues, greys, taupes, and classic whites all work well to appeal to a wide variety of buyers.

 If you do think color is appropriate (maybe you live in a community with plenty of artists), consider toning down bright colors or just leaving accent walls. As a rule, light colors tend to open up spaces, and you want individuals who step into your home to feel that it is open and has plenty of space. Fill in nail holes, and paint over dirty spots to make the entire place look and feel fresh and well-maintained.

Install New Siding

The first impression someone will have of your house will come from the curb. It’s important to make the outside look inviting and attractive to the average buyer. Siding is one important thing that can take an old, run-down house and make it look instantly cleaner and well-maintained. Vinyl siding is a great value and may just push a buyer over the edge from considering your house to putting in an offer. Consider replacing your exterior siding with vinyl before putting your house on the market. Many potential buyers are so burned out from selling their homes and moving, that they want a place that is move-in ready, where they can settle in right away. You can offer them that by updating the siding.

Stage Your Home

Many buyers just don’t have the vision to see their stuff in a home instead of yours. Unfortunately, not everyone has the gift of seeing potential in something. It may be worth your time and money to find an interior designer who can stage your home in a way that will appeal to the average buyer. Staging your home could also greatly increase your chances of getting a higher offer on your home.


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Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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