Increasing Your Home’s Value

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Written by Jay Green          

To do or not to do? This is the proverbial question. Ultimately, the answer is “If it feels good, do it.” Allow me to explain. Home owners often ask what projects should be undertaken when preparing their house for sale.

Fresh paint, interior and exterior, new flooring, updating Kitchens and Bathrooms are projects that frequently come to mind. My thought: Perform these projects prior to getting your house market ready. Update the house early, possibly years before you contemplate selling, so that you and your family enjoy the benefits.

A general rule of thumb when getting your home ready to sell:

If an item in question is 20 years or older, replace it. That applies to most anything from systems, to fixtures to appliances. Even though water heaters, HVAC systems, roofs, gutters, etc. often last years beyond 20, in the eyes of a potential Buyer, these are items that will require replacement.

The exterior maintenance of a house and landscaping are often two neglected areas.

Apply fresh coats of paint to the trim every few years. Do not forget soffits and fascia boards. These often show signs of wood rot. Regular painting will help maintain their integrity. Prune bushes and trees regularly. (Twice per year.) Step into the street and look objectively at your house. Lower level windows should not be completely obscured. Come on! You know whether or not the vegetation needs to be cut back. First impressions of a house, often referred to as Curb Appeal, are the most important. One cannot make a first impression twice.

Cheri Fleming
Cheri Fleming
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