Existing-home sales are on the rise, up about 9 percent from last year, according to the National Association of Realtors. Now that buyers are back in the market, here are five things you can do to add value to your home so you can get the best possible sale price.
Create a digital home history.
Buyers today seek homes that are move-in ready and well-maintained. New online services like HomeZada allow a seller to create an online digital footprint that details a home's maintenance records, floor plans, warranty documents and homeowner's association information.
Boost your curb appeal.
Consider inexpensive outdoor improvements like a freshly painted front door, a new mailbox and well-maintained landscaping. It's also a good idea to do some power washing to the sidewalks and driveways, clearing any clutter from the front porch, and removing any decorative flags or affiliate signage.
Upgrade your kitchen.
A minor kitchen remodel offers a high likelihood of recouping the investment. The most important kitchen features include new appliances and an eat-in arrangement. Granite countertops and stainless steel kitchen appliances also rank high.
Updating window treatments is an inexpensive remedy for a drab kitchen.
Create a clutter-free oasis.
Organization and cleanliness give off the impression a home has been well-maintained. An unmade bed, cluttered toy room or dusty drapes can give the opposite impression. The house should be spotless before any showing. Dust everything, including the air vents.
Old carpet can be an eyesore for prospective home buyers and a potential hazard for those with allergies. Hardwood floors are preferred by many home buyers. For homeowners on a tighter budget, laminate can give the look of hardwood without the hefty price tag. Refinish any existing wood flooring.