Improve Your Home's Resale Value in 2013


[dropcap2]With[/dropcap2] many homeowners deciding to stay in their homes a little bit longer before selling or those who are selling in the near future, here are some easy and affordable tips to improve your homes resale value. Some of which will add to the enjoyability of your space as well. Whenever you are considering what will get a return on the investment, always consider asking a Realtor. Someone who knows what buyers are looking for. This will always provide you with some alternative ideas as well!

Invest early in landscaping. A beautifully landscaped yard can be a big selling point, but you’ll need to allow for at least several years of growth to make the most of your investment.

Power wash paths and siding. Giving your home’s exterior and paved areas a power wash can be nearly as dramatic as repainting, for a much lower cost.

 Maintain green lawns. Sad, neglected lawns are a major turnoff to potential buyers. You don’t want to give them a bad impression before the see the interior. Some may not even decide to go in! It has happened.

Upgrade exterior doors. As mentioned above, the way your home looks from the outside depends a lot on the condition of your front door (and the garage door, if it’s visible from the street).

Minor kitchen renovations. Smaller updates such as painting or refinishing cabinets that are still in good shape, or upgrading to Energy Star appliances, can refresh your kitchen’s look at a fraction of the cost.

Choose current paint colors. A fresh, crisp paint job in new neutrals like gray and putty shows off your home to best advantage. Just think of something that would appeal to many people. An overly bright or badly chipped exterior paint color may need refreshing too, so don’t stop with the indoors.

 Build in extra storage. Another great investment is to add built-in shelving or cabinets in halls, garages or anywhere you have the space. Buyers love seeing great storage, so this can add a lot of appeal — and if you are able to do some of the work yourself, you can keep costs reasonable.

Do you have a home improvement story to share? What’s your advice to those wanting to increase their home’s value? Leave a comment and let us know!

Norma Mardelli

Top 2% Coldwell Banker Internationally Luxury Homes Specialist Representing: Pasadena, San Marino, La Cañada, South Pasadena, Arcadia, Sierra Madre, Altadena, San Gabriel, Alhambra, Glendale, La Crescenta