6 worth-the-price fix ups for your home

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Legacy real estate CA BRE#00886348

Simple and affordable do-it-yourself projects can greatly increase a home’s resale value, according to HomeGains annual home improvement and staging survey.  The marketing company surveyed nearly 600 real estate professionals to discover which DIYhome improvement projects five sellers the biggest return for their buck.

Here are the six projects under $1,000 (approx.) that made the list. 

  1. Cleaning and decluttering.   Remove any personal items, unclutter countertops, organize closets and make the home sparkling clean.
  2. Brightening.  Clean all windows inside and out, replace old curtains, update lighting fixtures, and remove anything that blocks light from the windows.
  3. Smart staging.  Rearrange furniture, bring in new accessories and furnishings to enhance rooms, incorporate artwork, and play soft music in the background.
  4. Landscaping enhancements.  Punch up the home’s curb appeal in the front and back yards by adding bark mulch, bushes, and flowers and ensuring current plants and grass are well-cared and manicured.
  5. Repairing electrical or plumbing.  Fix leaks under the sinks, remove any mildew stains, and ensure all plumbing is in good working condition.
  6. Replacing or shampooing dirty carpets.  Steam-clean carpets, replace any worn carpets, and repair any floor creaks.

Comments (3)

Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Great list, even if the seller's did just what you have stated in #1, it would be a big benefit to the overall appeal of the home

May 09, 2012 08:54 AM
Erv Fleishman
Realty Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Luxury Prop Specialist Realty Associates
So why not do these things when you plan to live in your home. A well maintained home will benefit the owner or new owner. Fix it when it needs it, not to sell it.
May 09, 2012 08:56 AM
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

that and a touch up of the front door, even though it is rarely used it is the way buyers enter for the first time!

May 09, 2012 09:04 AM