Your real estate professional is advising you to declutter, stage your home, plant new flowers, and make repairs and updates. You may be reluctant because of the costs, but according toHomeGain, your real estate agent is giving you sound investment advice that can actually make you more money when you sell your home.
Through its Home Sale Maximizer feature, HomeGain, an agent referral website, identified the top 10 home improvements under $1,500 that add the most to home sellers' bottom line, as recommended by real estate professionals across the nation.
The top 10 home improvements are listed by the greatest return on investment (ROI):
What's interesting is how consistently listing agents recommended the same home improvements. Nearly 100% of listing agents recommend cleaning and de-cluttering, while 97% recommended lightening and brightening and 80% recommended staging. These top three categories cost just a little over $1,000, yet netted sellers as much as $5,734 at closing.
As defined by HomeGain, the top three money-makers for sellers are:
Cleaning and decluttering: Remove personal items; wash and clean all areas inside and outside of house; freshen air; remove clutter from furniture, counters and all areas of the home; organize closets; polish woodwork and mirrors, etc.
Home staging: Add fresh flowers; remove personal items; reduce clutter; rearrange furniture; add new props or furniture to enhance rooms; play soft music; hang artwork on walls, and more.
Lightening and brightening: Open windows; clean windows and skylights inside and outside; replace old curtains; remove other obstacles from windows that block out light; repair lighting fixtures; make sure windows open easily, among other suggestions.
It takes money to make money, and that's never been truer than when you're selling your home.
Author:John Lewis Phone: 951-640-8562 Dated: February 23rd 2015 Views: 455 About John: 26 years as Temecula and surrounding expert in Real Estate. From first and experienced owners to inv...
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