When we are asked to help a client list their home for sale there is generally a list of things to do before placing the property onto the Multiple Listing Service for sale. We want to make sure the seller gets the most money possible for the sale. There are usually upgrades we would like to see happen and then there are things the seller will have to do such as repair a leaking roof or a faulty electrical panel.

One of the most important things a seller can do to increase their properterties value is improve the curb appeal, because curb appeal is important. Sometimes upgrading curb appeal is simply a matter of spending time in the yard and getting your hands dirty by edging the lawn, trimming hedges, or pulling weeds. Another low cost improvement is simply fixing the front door. Your front entrance can say a lot about your home. Upgrading to a high-end fiberglass door can cost more than $1,000, but you can get a whole new look for a lot less simply by adding new hardware and a fresh coat of paint. Installing a new doorbell (kits cost about $50 to $100) or updating the lighting (anywhere from $25 to $100) are also inexpensive fixes that can add instant appeal to the front entry. Pair your newly painted door with a clean doormat ($20) or fresh pot of flowers.

Another cost effective upgrade is simple to do, repair interior walls and paint. If your walls are a standard height, it’s easy to make simple repairs like patching holes. It’s also fairly easy to prime and paint your walls, which can instantly upgrade the look of any room. You’ll need to buy paint and primer (most brands start around $30 per gallon) plus painter’s tape, brushes and rollers. One inexpensive upgrade that will really impresses a buyer is to update the lighting and change bulbs. The lighting fixtures in your home are like jewelry on an outfit. They can instantly add pizzazz or look dated. Switching out a light fixture is a fairly easy and budget‐friendly.To make sure you’re really adding value, switch to energy efficient bulbs like LEDs or CFLs bulb. Although both are more expensive than an incandescent bulb, they last longer and require less energy.

These are just few ways you can increase the value of your home prior to selling. For more cost saving ideas please email or call The Powell Brothers at 858-922-7725