Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Help Sell Your North Shore Home with these Top Projects!

For those of you who are considering selling your North Shore home this fall, you may feel you’re at the mercy of the current buyer’s market. As a North Shore Real Estate agent, I’ve talked with sellers who are concerned they won’t receive a return on investment or that their home will sit on the market for a long period of time. And, while it is important to be realistic about selling in today’s market; it can be a smooth and efficient process!

Many North Shore sellers wonder if there’s anything they can do to help their home stand out from amongst the competition, and asking this question is a step in the right direction. Sellers can’t expect a home to simply sell itself if there are many other homes just like it on the North Shore Real Estate market. There are some things that you can do to give your home that extra boost it needs to ensure it has those essential elements for which North Shore buyers are searching.

I’ve put together a list of some of the top projects you can do in your home to get it ready to sell. Of course it’d be ideal to do all of these projects in your home, but even picking a few that are within your budget and timeline can help sell your North Shore home.

Top Energy Efficient Project: Add Insulation
- Adding proper insulation will not only add value to your home, but will save you money. This energy efficient project will reduce up to 30% of heating and cooling costs. Those looking to buy a North Shore home will be searching for homes that are more eco-friendly and adding insulation or even replacing old windows with new energy efficient ones will appeal to buyers.

Top Budget Friendly Project: Clean and Conquer Clutter
- The best way to update your home is to remove any excess furniture or knickknacks that don’t serve a purpose. Not only will this make your North Shore home appear larger, but it will give your home a more updated feel. This cost effective project is a great one to do during winter months when you’d prefer to stay indoors. If you’re planning on selling your home, buyers will appreciate this clean and updated look as they’ll be able to better envision their belonging in your home.

Top Kitchen Project: Upgrade Appliances
- Kitchen’s are one of the top places that people will want to see upgrades and where you will get the most return on investment. The top kitchen project is to upgrade your appliances. Of course stainless steel appliances are today’s standard, so if you haven’t upgraded yet, now would be a great time to do so. Another upgrade that’s possible for those who already have stainless steel appliances are energy efficient options. Switching to these “green” appliances will cut down on your energy bill and will be better for the environment as well.

Top Bathroom Project: Refresh Fixtures
- Bathrooms are another space where many will want to see upgrades. An easy way to refresh bathrooms is to change out the fixtures. From lighting to the vanity or even just the cabinetry hardware; there are many cost effective updates that can be made in a bathroom.

The Top Storage and Organization Project: Maximize Storage Space
- Give yourself more space instantly by organizing your closets and cabinets. Clean out things you no longer use and consider investing in a closet or pantry organizer. This will immediately give the appearance of extra room as well as being easier to maintain.

Top Landscaping Project: Tidy Your Lawn

- Curb appeal speaks volumes for how you care for your North Shore home overall. A lawn that is well manicured and aesthetically pleasing will appeal to most no matter what the size. North Shore buyers will want to know they can simply maintain the lawn you’ve cared for rather than having to put in a lot of time and money for updates.

Top Outdoor Living Project: Add Outdoor Living
- This is another project that will have to wait until the North Shore welcomes back warmer weather, but adding outdoor living space is like adding square footage onto your home. Imagine lounging in a new outdoor living space and hosting outdoor dinner parties this summer. Whether you’re going to be living in your North Shore home for the next twenty years or will begin the home selling process soon, this update will add value and character to your home.

Top Big Ticket Project: Finish the Basement
- Finishing our basement, while a seemingly large project, is much less expensive that adding an additional room onto your home. You’ll want to be sure to have a professional inspect your basement for its moisture level before you begin. Adding carpeting or a fresh coat of paint may be all your basement needs to gain a finished appearance. This additional living space may be just the thing for which buyers are searching.

I hope these give you some ideas of what you can do to ensure your home stands out on the North Shore Real Estate market. As always, I’m here to help answer any questions you have or to help you get started in selling your North Shore home!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress
Your North Shore Real Estate Expert

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