4 Value-Raising Tactics to Help Sell Your Home

Reprinted from RIS Media’s Housecall

By Hannah Whittenly

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Selling your home can be one of the most stressful times of your life; however, there’s no need to worry with the help of this guide! Here are four of the best value-raising tactics for selling your home:

Ordinary Updates

There are plenty of simple updates you can do to your home before selling it that can help raise its value. These kinds of updates include replacing rotting wood, repairing roof leaks, getting rid of mold and spreading a fresh coat of paint. Buyers tend to look over the home they’re thinking about buying carefully, which is why it’s so important to check every inch of your home and see what you can update without breaking the bank.

Remodel Your Kitchen

Updating your kitchen is highly recommended to improve the value of your home; however, make sure you don’t go too overboard and end up not having enough money in your budget to finish the project. Repainting the walls, updating the backsplash and installing new energy-efficient appliances can help boost the value of your home. When painting your kitchen, also consider using low-VOC paint that has less dangerous chemicals and makes your kitchen more eco-friendly.

Improve Your Outdoor Environment

A great outdoor space can make or break a sale, so consider updating your landscaping, mowing your lawn or building a nice outdoor seating area. For a larger project, build a deck. If you want to undertake a simpler project, update your existing yard features. All of these projects can make your yard look more attractive and increase the resale value of your home.

Prioritize Energy Efficiency

More and more homebuyers today are looking for energy efficiency in their homes. Consider making updates to your home that lower energy costs. This can include installing insulation, purchasing replacement windows and buying ENERGY STAR appliances, among other things. These features are not only appealing to prospective buyers, but they can also lower your energy bills while you are still living in your home. Jump on the sustainability train and make a few updates today.

Every home seller wants to get as much money as possible for their home, but few know how to accomplish this. With the four techniques above, you can increase the value of your property and make the biggest profit when it comes time to sell.

About marilynsellshollisterrealestate

I am a native Californian born in Los Angeles and have resided in San Benito County since January 30, 1959. I attended the University of Southern California. I am a licensed Real Estate Broker, license #00409787, active for almost 45 years. I started my career in 1972 and still am totally committed to the highest level of service to my clients. I am currently associated with Intero Real Estate Services. I am Past President of the San Benito Association of Realtors, serving in the role on numerous occasions. I was a Director of the California Association of Realtors for over 18 years, having served on numerous committees. I also served 2 terms representing the California Association of Realtors at the National level, NAR. I am a certified SRES (Senior Real Estate specialist), since 2005. My community involvement has included membership in the Hollister Rotary Club, serving as their first woman President in 2002. In the late 1960's, I became a member of the El Torillo Chapter of Children's Home Society, and served as President, and was also President of the Tri-County Council of CHS, which is today Kinship Center, and I am currently a Senior Active. I am a member of the San Benito Chamber of Commerce. From 2002-2008, I served on the Board of the Hollister Downtown Association and was their President from 2006-2007, and still serve on sub-committees of this organization. And, I am currently serving my 3rd term on the Community Foundation. My record of performance and my reputation have made me who I am in the industry. I am a household name in San Benito County, when you think of Real Estate. My name is recognized not only in Hollister, but in our neighboring counties, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. I have been involved in land development, marketed several subdivisions, sold ranches, commercial leasing, bank-owned properties, short sales and own a Property Management Company, Hollister Rental Properties, for more than 35 years. I am proud of my sales record and for the majority of my career I have been in the top 1% of major Real Estate Companies including Van Vleck Realtors, Cornish and Carey, Contempo, Seville-Contempo, Century 21, Coldwell Banker and finally Intero Real Estate services for the last 15 years. Using my skills in negotiating, mediation and transaction closure, during 2010 and 2011, I was involved with the City of Hollister's First Time Home Buyer Down Payment Assistance Program. The program was the City's Redevelopment Agency, under Bill Avera, with the assistance of CJ Valenzuela who was working with the County of San Benito. CHISPA, a non-profit, was responsible for restoring homes to equal to new condition that the City had taken back in foreclosure, or that they had acquired. When the homes were restored, we put them on the Multiple Listing Service and we went out and promoted the City's Down Payment Assistance Program. Buyers were screened and qualified by our preferred lenders. I facilitated workshops for First Time Buyers explaining the programs. I negotiated the contracts for the City of Hollister and with the Buyers. With this program, I closed 2 homes in 2010, and 4 homes in 2011. On a personal note, I am married to Richard Ferreira, a retired General Contractor/Developer. We have a combined family of six daughters, six grandsons and 3 granddaughters. We share commons interests in travel, movies, entertaining, and Richard has picked up my love of cooking. Our spare time is spent with family and enjoying our grandchildren.
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