Are you planning to sell your home this spring?
If so, now is the time to make some relatively simple changes that will not only increase your homes value and make it easier to sell, but they will also make these last few months in your home more comfortable and positive.
Even if you are not planning to move soon, you can benefit, by these simple improvements.
1. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
Not only will this bring you savings immediately, but good insulation will make your home much more attractive to future buyers and highly competitive in the market place. This can be a great do it yourself project. You can do as little or as much as you feel comfortable. Proper attic insulation and ventilation can prevent ice damming, and damage to your roof, save in heating costs, and provide protection from dampness and mold. Check out http://www.energystar.gov/ for great information on insulation and improving the overall energy efficiency of your home.
I can't even begin to emphasize how important this is. You may even notice a marked improvement in your mood after de-cluttering your home. Our home environment has a profound impact on our own happiness and emotions. Getting rid of your excess baggage in the form of your accumulated stuff can be a freeing experience. For more detailed information on removing clutter check out this article: http://activerain.com/blogsview/247818/3-Step-Home-Staging
3. Safety First!
Well I guess I should have put this at the top of the list. Even though I have listed it 3rd, safety features are vitally important to creating an atmosphere where potential buyers feel comfortable in your home. You do not want to give them any cause for alarm. Make sure that all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly. If you do not have them, install them now. This is as much for you as for the sale of your home. Make sure that your home is not hindered by overgrown trees or bushes and check for broken stairs, railings, sidewalks, etc. Pay attention to your household electrical system and make sure that you have the proper amount of amps for your use. Do not use excessive extension cords and make any improvements or repairs to your electric system now. This is definitely not an area you want to delay. Due to the risk of fire and personal injury, we recommend calling in a professional.
4. Check out Environmentally friendly products.
There are a myriad of products available and in for some the cost is coming down. Environmentally friendly decking, insulation, plumbing fixtures, heating sources, etc. can make a big impact on the value and sale of your home. These are becoming increasingly important in today's market place.
5. Give your home the attention it deserves!
Go through your home room by room and then along each side of the exterior. Make note of any items that need attention. Deferred maintenance can be a deal killer in the real estate market and it can also end up causing larger and more costly problems. Does your trim need paint? Bushes need trimming? Interior paint need a pick me up? Outlet covers need replacing? Are all of your doors functioning smoothly? Make your list and just do one thing at a time. You will not only feel a great sense of accomplishment, but you will be adding money to your bottom line at the same time.
As always, Please feel free to call us with your Maine Real Estate questions and comments.
The Tanya Busch Team, Keller Williams Realty Mid Maine 207-689-9880