Upgrade: DIY vs. Pros

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When looking to sell your home there are some great improvements and upgrades that can be made to increase the esthetic and also value of your home. By spending money on some small home improvements during the selling period you can expect a higher value to come your way once your home is sold. Buyers love to be able to envision themselves in your home and will be more willing to shell out some dough when the space is tidy, and well looked after. We want to take a look at how homeowners can upgrade things around their home themselves and also what areas really need a professional to take a look. Here's 3 things you can do yourself!

Paint it up
One of the simplest, and most cost-effective improvements of all is a fresh coat of paint! A coat of paint makes rooms look clean and fresh while also giving your home a newer feel. “When selecting paint colors, keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people, therefore making your home more desirable. On average, a gallon of paint costs around $25, leaving you plenty of money to buy rollers, painter's tape, drop cloths and brushes.

Energy Efficiency
Now we don’t want you to run out and get solar panels but this is an important thing to consider especially in homes in Victoria, people really care about being energy efficient and living as waste free as possible. It does mean that you want to make sure you aren’t adding costs during winter months or that you have to crank the air conditioner 24 hours a day during summer months. A great example of this is a simple ceiling fan in every room can help keep the house cool.

A great alternative to hiring a designer is to search for remodeling and decorating inspiration on your own time. You can simply take some time to peruse design-oriented magazines, books, TV shows and websites. Simply tear out or print off the ideas you want to try and start your to-do list.

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Now for when to call the Pros. We CANNOT stress enough on making sure you get the right folks for the right jobs! Here's 2 things you can call the Pros for.

Consider getting an inspector to come by and take a thorough look at your home. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home's value that you would never even seen! Small problems can become big, expensive problems quickly if you aren’t careful, having an inspection before selling can save you headaches and surprises when trying to finish a closing.

Kitchen Remodel
This is a big task to undertake but by far has one of the hugest returns on the sale of your home. If you plan on updating only one room in your home, it should be the kitchen. “Getting a higher appraisal starts with an upgraded kitchen.” Large, open kitchens have become the social hub of the modern home. “Experts agree that kitchen remodels return an average of 80 to 85 percent of every dollar spent. You can expect an even higher return if you are remodeling a really outdated kitchen.

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Contact us at The Garman Group to find out how our in house team can provide suggestions and also small improvements to aid in the quick sale of your home!