Add Value to Your Home Without Spending Loads of Cash

Here are some quality tips for improving your home without breaking the bank. Find out how to add value to your home before putting it on the market. We hope you find these ideas helpful and feel free to share with friends and family.

Designer
In the U.S., you can easily find a designer that will charge less than $100/hr. Contact a few interior designers in your area and find the best for you. In one hour they may give you lots of brilliant ideas on how to paint your rooms or arrange furniture to improve the look and atmosphere of your home. So be sure to take this step first.

Home Inspector
As any realtor will tell you, every buyer organizes a home inspection before signing the final contract. So, why not take the lead and do that yourself? You should consider that not every home improvement is cosmetic. There can be some hidden problems that need to be fixed. And for sure this will make home selling process more nervous or even end up in losing a potential buyer. Small problems (for example, a hidden water leak) can shortly become big and expensive. So don’t put off repairs to save money and time.

Energy Saving Solutions
Cutting energy costs is a very important issue nowadays. Many local companies provide free energy audits. Ask them, and they will show how to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. This will save your money now and make your home more valuable and marketable when your decide to sell it.

Add/Invent a Room
If your home is short of rooms, you should make a change before selling it. Many homes don’t have baby nurseries and crafting rooms, but they are very important for some buyers. If you have a den or an attic, you should decorate them to look like rooms mentioned above. Or you can just expand to make your home feel larger. It is not only the home’s square footage that matters. The size of your home really affects its value. You need to take care of visual space.

Plants
If planting a tree is out of your budget, you can just grow potted plants. Group them at the entry to make your home feel more welcoming. Colorful plants will add curb appeal to your home. When you shop for plants, choose native ones – they require less water.

Storage
Every home buyer wants as much storage as possible. Try to add storage. Make one in the wall or add a freestanding  wardrobe to a room that lacks closet space.

Lighting
First of all repair all broken lighting objects. This may cost you very little money, but will increase your home’s value. Besides, be sure to let in sunlight on the showing day. The lighter the room is, the larger it looks. If needed, add more ceiling fixtures. New ceiling features will instantly freshen your home look. If you show the house when it’s unfurnished, pay much more attention to this point.

Kitchen and Bathroom
These are hot points in each home for sale. Any update and improvement to these rooms will definitely increase your home’s value. These are key updates. If you can’t buy a new sink or a tap, just make it look new – clean and shining.

Un-decorate
When putting your home to the market for sale, you should considers that buyers may feel uncomfortable with your personal objects. So, remove all personal objects before showing. Your home decor may be very nice and warm to you , but it may seem old to the buyer. Besides, your rooms will look larger and more valuable with freshly painted walls instead of all those pictures and/or decorations on them.

 

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A Few Important Reasons Why You Should Use a Real Estate Agent

Intro
During hard times, people look to save money the best way they can. And when purchasing a home, it is no different. Why wouldn’t you want to save that extra few thousand dollars? With a buyer’s agent, they can make sure that you achieve that. Agents can also find you the perfect house in a lot less time that it would take for an unlicensed buyer. Most people do not have much time aside for house hunting with a full-time job, but agents have all the search tools needed to find a great home in a short amount of time. Listed below are some other useful benefits when using a real estate agent.

Pricing Expertise
Many agents can pin a price on a home almost as soon as they walk through the door. Usually if they have quality experience in a market and area, they know how well a neighborhood holds its value, too. Anyone can go online to get information on comparable houses, but real estate agents have the experience to know whether a specific home is underpriced or overpriced. Not only can agents provide all the data on local home sales that you would like to see, but they can also bring assets to the deal that come from years of watching series of transactions in the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

Avoiding Closing Problems
When a home sale is nearing closing, all kinds of issues can cause a deal to go awry in the final hours. A real estate agent knows to watch for trouble before problems occur. For example, the title of the house may not be clear — some long-lost relative might be listed on the title who hasn’t signed off on the sale. Or maybe the lender is causing a problem by not meeting the timeline on financing. Agents know are used to dealing with these types of problems and can work through almost any challenge that arises.

For our agents with The Sold by George Team, we can guarantee you as a buyer/seller that we will do our best to ensure a smooth transaction process. For more information and statistics, please take a look at the graphic below.

Why Use a Real Estate Agent