7 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

Are you thinking about selling your home at the Lake of the Ozarks soon? Before you decide to put your house on the market, you should be thinking about how you can maximize your investment. Making a few home improvements can sometimes dramatically increase the value of your home, which will put more money in your pocket at closing. Team Andy Gibson has put together seven home improvement tips to increase the value of your home.

1. Landscaping

You don’t have to be a professional to make your landscaping more appealing to buyers. Updating your landscaping not only can increase the value of your home, but it also increases curb appeal, which is an added bonus.

 Purchase plants that are native to your area. By doing this, you have a higher chance of the plants thriving. These plants will also require less maintenance, which will save you and your buyers time in the future. Flower pots on your porch next to the door make your home feel more inviting. For the yard, consider planting some greenery around your house and adding mulch to pull it all together. If you have any mulch left over, mulching around the trees in your yard looks great too!

2. Popcorn Ceilings are OUT

Popcorn ceilings are considered dated and can sometimes turn buyers away. Removing popcorn ceilings is an inexpensive home repair but it does require a lot of time and labor. However, if it means increasing the value of your home and selling it quicker, it may be worth it. Any time you make a repair to your home to give it a more modern feel, you increase the value.

3. Bathroom Updates

Updating your bathroom can often give you a big return. A full remodel would be ideal, but if your wallet will not allow a full remodel, that’s okay! Even small updates can make a big difference. Replace dated wallpaper with a fresh coat of paint or a textured finish. Updating the lighting in the bathroom can also make a big difference without breaking the bank.

4. Replace Flooring

Replacing the flooring will be a more expensive update but can pay off in a big way. If your carpet is ripped or stained, it’s probably a good idea to replace it. Old flooring can be a huge turn off for buyers. Nothing turns buyers away faster than when they walk into a home and immediately see improvements that will need to be made.

5. Clean, Clean, Clean!

Having a clean home is a big deal. The overall appearance and first impression can affect the value of your home. Even if you clean regularly, there are areas in your home that you may have overlooked. Cleaning does not cost a lot of money but it takes a lot of time. If your budget allows, consider hiring someone to deep clean your home. Typically for under $400, you can hire a professional to clean your house and it will save you a lot of time. Plus, a professional usually will do a better job-it is their profession after all.

6. Kitchen Updates

Anytime you update your kitchen, it adds value. Kitchen updates can add up quickly, making it one of the costliest rooms to update in your home. If you have the available funds, a full remodel has the potential to add major value to your home. This is because the kitchen is arguably the most looked at room when people are looking for a house. If you don’t have the money for a full remodel, make some small changes. Painting your dated cabinets add a clean updated look to any kitchen. Adding a new sink with a garbage disposal will make your kitchen look updated and clean.

7.  Regular Maintenance

You should walk around your home and see if there are any small home repairs that need to be made. Anything broken or damaged should be replaced. Even if you only have a couple issues, the potential buyers may get the impression that regular maintenance was not kept up with while you lived in the home. Plus, most home mortgages require an inspection before purchasing. Some of these repairs could come up in the inspection report and may need to be fixed anyways. Save yourself some time and make these repairs before your potential buyers step foot in your home.  

If timing allows, making a few improvements before selling your house at the Lake of the Ozarks could increase the value of your home in a big way. Even minor adjustments can make a big difference. When your home improvements are made and you are ready to sell your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, contact the Andy Gibson Team

Keller Williams Lake of the Ozarks Realty
858 Hwy 42
Osage Beach, MO 65065 
573-286-5907 Cell
573-348-9898 Office


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