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5 Easy Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

By on June 13, 2017
5 Easy Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Are you ready to sell your home but not certain your home is ready for market? If you want to sell and get the best price, there are easy ways you can increase your home’s value, so you get higher offers.

First, walk around your home and make notes of rooms or areas of the home that could use some improvement. Then follow these five steps.

1. Address the Small Problems

Sometimes small blemishes on the inside of the home go unnoticed. Maybe you’re used to seeing a scratch or dent on a wall or that loose tile in the bathroom. But these small things don’t go unnoticed to potential buyers.

It’s time to take care of the walls, scratched floors or any other room that has suffered some damage. While these may seem minor, small issues can lead to bigger ones down the road, which can mean a lower price for your home.

Windows and storm doors are often forgotten and put off until later. Fix any troubles you find and ensure there are no leaks or drafts that allow heat or cool air to escape from your home.

2. Inspect the Pipes

Leaky pipes can lead to expensive problems. No one wants to buy a home with leaks. This can mean water damage and high water bills in the future. If you find a leak, it’s best to get it fixed right away, so it doesn’t take away from your home’s value.

3. Don’t Forget the Attic

The attic is not an area of the home visited often, but it is an important part of the house as a whole. The amount of insulation in the attic plays a role in how energy efficient your home is. Some signs you may need more insulation in the attic include drafts, ice dams on the roof outside and high energy bills.

4. Take a Look at the Garage

A spotless, spacious garage can increase a home’s value. Look at yours and unclutter it if necessary. Garages are often used for storage and cars, so organize it and clean up any oil spills or other messes.

What does your garage look like from the outside? Is it appealing? If not, consider upgrading your garage door as well. If this is one of the main entryways to your home, this project is a quick way to increase the value of your home.

5. Spruce up the Outside

The appearance and care of the outside of your home are just as important as the inside. As discussed earlier, the garage door can really do a lot for your home, but also consider updating your entryway or the windows in the home.

The landscape of your home makes up about 15 percent of your home’s value. A nice lawn, trimmed hedges and well-maintained flower beds and trees all give your home better curb appeal.

While outdoors, check your roof and search for any damage. If you find loose or broken shingles, fix them right away. Your gutters should also stay cleaned and maintained, so they carry water away from the home and prevent leaks.

The look and functionality of your home both play a role in its worth. For this reason, it’s important the home you put on the market is not only appealing but also energy efficient and as free from potential problems as possible. Small fixes and upgrades such as these can make a difference.

Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington

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