Ten Quickest Ways to Increase the Re-Sale Value of Your Home

Ten Quickest Ways to Increase the Re-Sale Value of Your HomeIf you are looking to sell your home, there are several ways you can increase the value of your home without breaking open your bank account to do so. Below are the ten best ways to inexpensively “up” the value of your home.

I have seen these tips at work in my profession as my clients take my tips to heart and we get a successful selling price for their home.

Follow the tips I have listed to ensure that you will get the best value for your home upon resell.

  • Curb Appeal

One of the biggest and fastest ways to increase the value of your home is to create curb appeal. What does this mean? It means sprucing up the outside appearance of your home. It is important that you mow your lawn regularly, fix the landscaping making it look brand new, keep up the flower garden, repaint the porch and shutters, and replace the front door if it is looking worn. It is important that your home create a good first impression to the potential buyer.

  • Repaint

As a general rule, repaint any interior as well as exterior walls and shingles. The fresh coat of paint does a lot for decreasing the assumed age of the home. It provides a fresh quality to the place that may not have been there before.

  • Go Natural

Today, many individuals are seeking homes that offer “green.” For example, it may be a wise decision to replace old kitchen countertops with granite or marble. You may also want to think about replacing carpet with natural wood. Anything you can do to make your home earth-friendly greatly improves the value of your home.

  • Brighten Up the Space

Another simple and affordable way to spruce up your home is to increase the wattage in the light fixtures. Why? This makes the room appear brighter and more welcoming to the potential buyer. Using florescent light bulbs brightens up the space while keeping the cost of your electricity down.

  • Wood Trim

Adding a trim around the bottom and top of your walls can add a great deal to the value of your home. It adds to the appearance by cleaning up the distinction between the ceiling and the floor. It also makes the space look newer than it is.

  • Good Windows

Although this may seem silly, good windows can actually make or break the value of a home. With the current economy, energy efficiency is quite important for the potential buyer. Thus, it is important that your windows are properly sealed and installed.

  • Create Space

If you do not have a spacious garage, do you have some place where extra items can be stored? This proves to be a major component to increasing the value of your home. Thus, if you do not have any extra space such as an attic, storage closets, or a nice size garage; you may want to think about creating it.

  • Updated Bathrooms

This is quite important to many home buyers. If you have not already done so, replace your old tubs with whirlpools, sinks with more up-to-date ones, etc. No one wants to be in a bathroom they do not feel clean and fresh in.

  • Updated Kitchen

As with the bathroom, it is important to replace any out-of-date items with new appliances. You want to create a space that welcomes the family to cook and share stories over a home cooked meal.

  • Measure Your Square Footage

Although this may have already been done once, it does not hurt to get your home reevaluated by a professional. If space was miscalculated or if you have remodeled since the last measurement, an accurate reading can dramatically increase the value of your home.

Follow these steps and you are well on your way to creating a greater value for your home!

What Is Radon And How Do I Protect My Home?

Radon GasI attended a “Radon for the Real Estate Professional” class this week and thought I should share information about this very important subject with everyone I know.

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes naturally from the soils our homes are sitting on. It moves up inside our homes and gets trapped. Radon is a Carcinogen and can damage our lung similar the effects of smoking a half a pack of cigarettes a day. Besides smoking it is estimated that Radon Gas is the #1 cause of Lung Cancer in the US.

Radon is measured in picoCuries and the level at which we need to take action recommended by the EPA is 4.0 pCi/L. Cache Valley generally runs 6.2 and Utah in general is at the midpoint in exposure. Because of homes being closed up during the winter months we should all be testing in the wintertime. So let’s all test NOW!!!

Testing for radon is simple and easy. You can order test kits online ($6.00 includes lab fees) as well as find all of your questions answered by the professionals at www.radon.utah.gov .

Radon mitigation is not as difficult as you may think. The cost can range from $1,200 – $1,800. The goal is to collect the gas before it reaches the inside of the home and discharging it into the outside air.

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