Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Quick and Easy Ways to Increase Your Home's Value

When thinking of improvements to make to a home before putting it up for sale, most people automatically gravitate toward remodeled bathrooms or kitchens. While it's a great idea to update both, you won't want to forget the little things you can do to attract potential buyers and quickly increase the value of your home.

If you want to start small, consider the following tips to quickly and easily increase your home's value.

Go Green
Green homes are extremely hot right now. Buyers are looking for homes with environmentally friendly floors, cabinets, countertops and even insulation. Finding ways to conserve energy is always a plus, too, such as installing timed thermostats and fixing any leaky windows or doors.
Replace Old HardwareSimple updates to door locksets, outdoor lighting fixtures and house numbers can give your home personal style and class. If your existing hardware is outdated or dingy, an update to a more modern or highly polished set of matching hardware will instantly make your home look more updated and well maintained.

Play it Safe
Buyers will value a home that is up to date in safety. All smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be in good working order. If there are any flickering lights or popping breakers, fix them immediately. An installed security system will offer potential buyers a peace of mind. You'll also want to make sure all handrails and grab bars are secured tightly and free from wobbles.

Free Space
A clean, orderly home appears larger than it really is. Clear up any clutter and open up as much space as you can. Free, open window treatments will allow more light to stream in, making the home brighter and feel less constricted. Another way to free up space is by organizing closets or even installing built-in closet organizers, which is a huge attraction for buyers.

Don't forget these small but important steps for improving the look and feel of your home before you put it on the market. Buyers will appreciate your home if it is well maintained, and you may find its price increased, as well.

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