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10 simple ways to increase the value of your home

Remodeling your home is a great way to increase its value in the event of a sale. The best return on your investment usually comes from remodeling the kitchen or bathroom. However, a complete remodel can be expensive, and it may not be in your budget at the moment. But there are numerous low cost ways to improve the value of your home as well. Here are 10 simple things you can do while you save for the remodel:

1. Get advice from the experts
Consult with your real estate agent or an interior designer about what specific ideas they have to improve your home. They will have an idea of what works best in your market. Similarly, you may want to have a home inspection conducted. If there are any repair issues, you can start by fixing these problems before they get worse (and cost more to fix).

2. Attractive landscaping
Adding plants and maintaining your yard will make it more attractive to potential purchasers. You may also want to consider planting a shade tree or two. The added privacy and lower cooling costs are both factors people will consider when viewing your home.

3. Make your home more energy and water efficient
Installing solar panels may not be cheap, but it can be a good way to improve your home’s value. There are other things you can do as well, such as putting in a skylight, installing low-flow showerheads, fixing leaky faucets, and getting low-flush toilets. An energy audit can help you find ways to improve energy efficiency throughout your house.

4. Fresh paint
A fresh coat of neutral colored paint will help make the rooms in your house look up to date and more appealing. You can either hire someone or head to the hardware store for a do-it-yourself weekend project.

5. Consider getting rid of your carpets
Buyers tend to prefer hardwood floors to carpets. They are cleaner and less likely to smell or contain allergens, such as pet dander. Replacing the carpets can be a good way to update your home in anticipation of a sale.

6. Make your home look bigger
Cleaning out the clutter, streamlining decorations, and placing mirrors in rooms can help your house feel more open and bigger to anyone who stops by for a viewing.

7. Clean your house
Not just a routine cleaning. You may benefit from a deep cleaning service prior to making your home available for viewing. It should be spotless before anyone looks at it.

8. Mow the lawn
And trim the hedges, water the plants, pull the weeds, etc. Your home should look great on the outside as well as the inside in preparation for a sale.

9. Update the kitchen
As discussed above, a kitchen or bathroom remodel can add a lot of value to your house. However, if you don’t have the money for a full remodel, even a few updates, like installing a water filtration system in the sink, can make a big difference.

10. Update the bathrooms
Same goes for the bathrooms. There are many easy ways to improve the bathrooms, such as swapping out the frosted glass for clear glass, that can add greatly to your home’s value.

As you can see, there are multiple ways to increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers. A little bit of effort goes a long way.

Palisade Realty can help you sell your home

If you want to sell your home, we can provide a free market analysis, view your home in person, and help you prepare for the sale. We will list your home and take care of the details to make the process as painless as possible.

If you’re interested in learning more, please call us at (619) 794-0218 to discuss how Palisade Realty can help you.