Home Improvement Can Help Increase The Value Of Your House

by : Geri Mason

If you are selling your own home, you, undoubtedly want to increase the value of your home as much as possible before putting it on the market.

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Increasing your home's value means that you can increase your asking price, ultimately resulting in a larger profit from the sale of your home.

The more of these tips you can follow, the more your house will be worth.

When you start thinking of ways to increase the value of your for sale by owner home, you think of home improvements.

Indeed improving certain aspects of your for sale by owner home will increase the value, thereby allowing you to increase your asking price. Before you start knocking down walls and adding on new bedrooms, there are a few guidelines to take into consideration.

Improvements done to for sale by owner homes do not always provide the highest return on investment.

If your house is in good condition, improvements probably won't increase your for sale by owner home value dollar for dollar based on the cost.

For example, if you spent $1,000 making improvements to your home, you couldn't necessarily increase your home price by $1,000. Home improvements DO increase the value of a home that is in poor condition.

If you are thinking about doing some repairs or renovations, the best rooms are kitchens and bathrooms.

These are the two rooms that buyers are most concerned about looking up to date. In many cases, you can do minor work to both of these rooms and receive a greater value in the home than if you did a major remodeling job.

Of all the improvements you can do to your for sale by owner home, minor remodeling of your kitchen has the most payout. Next on the list is adding a bathroom, major kitchen remodeling and adding a family room. There is an even lower payout for adding a deck or replacing windows or siding.

The best rule of thumb when you are selling a for sale by owner home is to avoid doing home improvements unless the condition of the house is so poor that you can't sell it otherwise. Some of these items will come up in a home inspection or appraisal. Others you might be able to easily identify.

For example, if the for sale by owner home has a leaky roof, it must be repaired or replaced before you can sell it. There are few buyers that will purchase a home with a roof that leaks.

Some improvements can be completed if you can do it yourself for a lower cost. You can expect to get the same type of increase in the value of the for sale by owner home.

This gives you a much better return on the investment you put into the home. Be careful though, poor home improvements will end up decreasing the value of the home rather than increasing it. Poor work ends up costing you more in the end, not only because of the money spent on the improvement, but also because of the resulting decrease in for sale by owner home value.