Thursday, February 18, 2016

Five Mistakes that Can Decrease the Value of Your Home

We all want to increase the values of our homes especially when we want to sell our home.  There is lots of advice of how to increase your home's value and make it more desirable but we want to address the mistakes we see home owners make over and over that diminish the values of their homes.  Learn from their mistakes.  

1 - Making it look even smaller - Small rooms can be a challenge and you can actually make a room look even smaller with the wrong decorating choices.  For instance using small tiles in a small bathroom make it appear even smaller.  Search the web for ways to make your rooms look even bigger like these 19 Foolproof Ways to Make A Small Space Feel Bigger by Buzz Feed.
2 - Landscaping without a plan - It may be a cute little tree now that fits perfectly next to the driveway but will the roots end up breaking up your pavement of sewer lines sown the road.  Before landscaping make a plan and research the trees and shrubs you plant to ensure you don't have any surprises in your future.  
3 - Keeping old appliances - Review the age an quality of the appliances in your kitchen.  A stove that is old and too scratched to be properly cleaned is a big turn-off for potential buyers.  
4 - Skipping the deep clean - Cleaning the dirt out of the window tracks, making dirty grout sparkle and cleaning stained carpets will help set you home apart because details matter when it comes to home care.    
5 - Choosing funky colors - The color choice may perfectly reflect your personality but if the chances of it appealing to the majority of buyers is slim you will want to pursue a more neutral color palate.  

The Pacific Pioneer Real Estate Team is always happy to help you identify and prioritize the items that will give you the biggest bang for your buck when it's time to sell your home.  Feel free to contact them directly at 503-668-4994.  

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