Tips to Boost House Value

1. Create Space

Knock out a non-structural wall, or even remove that kitchen island. Anything that opens the space and creates a sense of flow in the house is generating a response from buyers who can afford to be choosy. For the price of a few hundred dollars, you’ll transform the feel of the house. Right now buyers want a wide open floor plan, the living room right off the kitchen. They are into big spaces.

A kitchen island can also be an asset, creating needed storage space. But if the kitchen has enough cabinets, it could pay to haul the island away. Homeowners might want to consider a moveable island. You can adjust them to you needs.

 

2. Prune, Limb, and Landscape

Tangled trees and unkempt bushes can obscure views, darken interiors, promote mold, and block a good look at the house.

People forget about their trees more than almost anything. Yet, landscaping is one of the top three investments that bring the biggest return. According to a recent survey of 2,000 real estate brokers, an investment of around $400 or $500 dollars in landscaping, can bring a return of four times that. It could really make a significant difference in the price. Nobody likes to spend money, but landscaping might even be the most important thing, even if owners have kept up the house.

Overgrown landscaping is a problem at all price points. People say, ‘Where’s the house?” If buyers can’t see what they are getting, they just move right on.  And if neglected, mother nature may go wild at considerable cost. A fallen limb from a poorly cared tree could caused you a lot of money in damage.

3. Let in the Light

The number one item you must consider when boosting your home value is lighting—everything from a dimmer switch to the popular skylights—which noticeably enhances a home’s appeal. Dimmers allow you to create a mood.

Less expensive than framing in a skylight, sun tubes—also known as light pipes, sunscoops, and tubular skylights—use reflective material to funnel natural light from a globe-capped hole cut in a rooftop down through a ceiling fixture and into a room. Tubular skylights, sunlight is nice, and moonlight is even nicer.

A few other ways to light things up: Fix broken panes, make sure windows open, and consider lights that use motion detectors to turn themselves off. Remember high wattage bulbs make small spaces feel larger, and soft lighting brings warmth to empty spaces.

4. Don’t Put Off Care and Maintenance

Before thinking about a fancy upgrade to the kitchen, address the basics. Insulate the attic, repair plumbing leaks, replace rusty rain gutters, inspect the furnace and the septic system, replace or repair leaky windows, install storm doors, weed the flower beds.

These kinds of fixes go a long way toward value. Starting with a couple hundred dollars on a few things could increase the value of your house by a few thousand dollars. People are surprised by that. It’s exciting. People think they have to put in a lot of money to see a big difference and they really don’t.

Investing in maintenance and repairs is not only moneywise; could also be crucial to a sale. Brokers and agents from across the country say the houses that get attention in this buyers market are in tip-top shape. What’s important in this market, now more than ever, because there is so much inventory, the houses that sell are in pristine condition and are priced to the market.