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Tips for Building Resale Value

by Todd & Lisa McLain 02/07/2020

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When you're motivated to get the most from your sale, it pays to add property value through preparation. Get started today with some of these tips:

Have your local real estate agent evaluate your home. As a professional, they know what sells and what doesn't in your area. They will assist you in determining how to spend your money wisely to get the best return.

  1. Pay for a home inspection. A certified home inspector will point out those areas needing fixing, correction, or removal.

  2. Clear up landscaping messes and debris. Add regionally appropriate and low-maintenance plants and ground cover.

  3. Paint your walls to a neutral but modern color. Gone are the instructions for all-white walls. Stick to gray or taupe tones though, to give a hint of timeless freshness. Remove dated, stained, peeling, or faded wallpaper. Instead of replacing it, finish and paint the area in a neutral palette with an appropriate finish.

  4. Request a home energy audit from your utility company. Most energy companies offer this service for free. Sometimes simply making changes to lighting or adding insulation gives your house a higher energy rating. Efficient homes are generally more attractive to buyers.

  5. If your home has "popcorn-style" texture on the ceiling, consider removing it. Replacing it with smooth plaster or a modernized surface increases your home’s value. Do not DIY this, however, until you make sure that your ceiling texture does not contain asbestos. Up until the late 70s, many textured ceiling preparations used asbestos flakes. If your home is newer than this, you're likely fine handling this on by yourself. An older home, however, requires a licensed professional with experience in asbestos removal and disposal.

  6. While you’re at it, replace old light fixtures. Upgrade them with high-efficiency fixtures and for little expense, bring your home into the LED era. Upgrade exterior lights with automatic options to add a safety factor to your home's exterior.

  7. Replace your roof. When living in storm-prone areas, hail or windstorm may cause damage that you cannot see and affect your roof’s integrity. Get a roof inspection (most roofing contractors do this for free). If your roof is storm damaged, contact your homeowner’s insurance to see about replacing it. In some policies, storm damage replacement has time limitations. If you've experienced heavy hail or windstorms, immediately have your roof evaluated or you may end up paying for repairs yourself. While a new roof may not increase your sale price, a damaged roof will lower it.

  8. Expose your hardwood. When you have wood flooring hiding underneath stained, faded, or worn carpeting, take time to remove the carpeting and expose the hardwood. Refinish the floor if you can do so. Even if you cannot, use some of these quick fixes to make your wood floors appear inviting to homebuyers.

When in doubt, always refer to number one above: call your real estate pro. They’ll help you determine the best options for you to get the most from your home.

About the Author
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Todd & Lisa McLain

Todd McLain is proud to be the leader of The McLain Group at RE/MAX Properties, Inc. He is a third generation Colorado native and truly loves the lifestyle this beautiful part of the country offers. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado. Before joining the real estate profession 18 years ago, he was a teacher in Cherry Creek Schools and Academy School District and was nominated twice for Disney’s American Teacher Award. Lisa, originally from Minnesota, has called Colorado home for 30 years. It was her training to become a Registered Dietitian that brought them to the Pikes Peak Region nearly 27 years ago and they are convinced there isn’t a better place to raise a family. At any given time, they may be found hiking, biking or snowmobiling, enjoying friends, family and church events or visiting their sons, now busy college students in Washington and Texas. 

Todd and Lisa are experienced professionals committed to providing their clients with superior real estate service throughout the home buying and selling processes. They provide current and accurate information, expert analyses and intelligent problem solving to empower their clients to achieve their real estate goals. They invest in understanding clients’ goals and in building long term relationships by providing value to the client and demonstrating respect for their clients’ interests and objectives. Todd and Lisa measure success by repeat business and the referrals to family and friends received from past clients.