You’ve probably heard it’s a seller’s market right now in the real estate world, and it is no secret that homes for sale are going fast. Selling your home isn’t necessarily the challenge at this time, but ensuring you’re getting the most money for your listing is the goal.
We’re sharing some simple ways to increase your home’s value and ensure the list price is as high as possible. Whether you’re looking to sell soon or are planning to list in the next year or two, explore these ways to increase the sale price of your home for when you are ready to put it up for sale.
Consult with a professional
Meeting with a real estate professional is an excellent investment and can often lead to an increased sale price. Working with a real estate professional checks all of these boxes and more, whether you have more questions or are just looking for a second opinion.
These professionals provide additional recommendations on easy-to-make upgrades in your home that increase sale prices. They can also shed light on ways to maximize your home’s square footage, assist with inspections, determine what they mean, and even bring interested home buyers directly to you.
Landscaping and curb appeal
First impressions matter when it comes to buying and selling a home. Home sellers have one opportunity to make a positive impression on interested buyers – and that starts with the exterior of the house. Things like simple landscaping, fresh sod, a fresh coat of paint, and small repairs can give your home an attractive, updated look. These small investments will provide huge returns on the sale.
According to a 2020 joint study by the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Alabama, curb appeal can account for as much as 7 percent of a home’s value. Things like a new paver patio or outdoor kitchen can also add to your home’s value and make your property a lot more enjoyable for outdoor enthusiasts and entertainers.
Give spaces a neutral, fresh coat of paint
A fresh coat of paint is an easy, cost-effective way to breathe new life into your home. And you never know what style those viewing your home are attracted towards. We recommend playing it safe and choosing a neutral color palette for paint that allows all interested buyers to imagine their own belongings and life in your home.
If you have any rooms or cabinets that are painted bright, unique colors, we also encourage you to add a fresh coat of neutral paint to them. While colors are fun and new home buyers may paint once they purchase, neutral colors are a safe choice when preparing your home to sell.
Add energy-efficient upgrades
If your home is an older build and still uses costly appliances, invest in upgrading things like your HVAC, windows, doors, and appliances before selling your home. While this may cost a few thousand dollars upfront, buyers are a big selling point. When your home is move-in-ready, buyers gain peace of mind knowing these items won’t quit on them any time soon – and they may save a few dollars in energy bills, too!
Stage your home
Staging your home helps those viewing it see the potential it offers. While a blank canvas means anyone’s items can fit into the space, staging each room provides ideas on how their belongings will actually fill each space. According to the Real Estate Staging, 85% percent of staged homes sell for 5-23% more than list price and move off the market in just 23 days.
Staging services range widely and can involve everything from decluttering and depersonalization spaces to bringing in rented furnishings, repainting, and more.
Selling your home in Central Pennsylvania
Are you ready to get your home listed for sale? The Matt Weaver team can help ensure you get the best offer possible. Contact our team today to learn more about listing your home for sale or consult with professionals who understand the always-changing market.