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How to Increase the Value of Your Home

Carl Young

Carl Young is the Team Lead and Lead Listing Specialist for Young Marketing Group...

Carl Young is the Team Lead and Lead Listing Specialist for Young Marketing Group...

Apr 12 5 minutes read

How to Increase the Value of Your Home

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There are a myriad of reasons that a person or family decides to sell their home. Some of the most common are:

  • The family has outgrown it

  • It is no longer meeting their needs (i.e., more bathrooms for a larger family, accessibility accommodations, more safety concerns)

  • A new job

  • Enhancing and expanding visitability

  • A change in family make-up

  • Using equity for personal reasons like retirement or travel

For many people, real estate is their most highly valued asset. The listing specialists at Young Marketing Group have helped many sellers take the steps necessary to increase the value of their property to get the most out of the sale as possible.

Home Improvements That Add Value to Your Home

When you sell your home, you want to walk away capitalizing on as much of your equity as possible, so you don’t want to eat it up by spending a lot on high-dollar rehab or renovations that do not add much—if any—value.

5 Simple Things You Can Do to Add Value to Your Home

  1. Clean and declutter.

  2. Paint to make the home look fresh, but choose neutral, basic colors like taupe, greys, and white.

  3. Improve your curb appeal with landscaping by planting trees and keeping the exterior neat and tidy.

  4. Have an energy audit done and complete the measures identified to improve the efficiency of the home.

  5. Install ceiling fans. Not only do they make the property more homey and comfortable, but they can also save the buyer money in the summer months by improving air circulation.

7 Most Valuable Home Improvements

According to, there are seven renovations you can make that will provide the best benefit-cost ratio.

  1. Upscale garage door replacement

  2. Manufactured stone veneer on the exterior

  3. Wood deck addition

  4. Siding and window replacement

  5. Moderate kitchen remodel

  6. Moderate bathroom remodel

  7. Add livable square footage

An extensive kitchen and bathroom remodel will certainly add value to your home, but you want to look at how much you’ll spend vs. how much you’ll make at the time of sale.

Home Improvements That Do NOT Add Much Value

You may think that adding a swimming pool will make your home the golden property on the latest listings, but pools have an ROI, or Return On Investment, of only about 43%, as opposed to a minor kitchen or bathroom remodel that can be a 100% ROI or higher.

Other home improvements that are not cost-beneficial include:

  • Remodeling to an open concept, particularly if you eliminate a bedroom or bedrooms to do it.

  • Investing in high-end appliances. People are picky about their appliances and want to choose their own.

  • Going solar. While it is great for the environment, it will more than likely be devastating to your pocketbook. Also, sellers who do not understand solar and how it works will shy away, and depending on your local utilities policy, they may or may not buy back the power generated.

Other Factors That Affect Property Values

Some realty facets can raise and lower your property values that are out of your control. Take, for example, the housing crisis of 2008. It resulted in an average reduction in property values of 33%.

Conversely, low mortgage interest rates resulted in more people purchasing, which then resulted in low housing inventory available for purchase and has thus resulted in higher property values now. This can be good news or bad news, depending on when you become a property owner.

Some other things that may affect your property value are:

  • Neighborhood development or decay

  • Special assessments through property taxes

  • Increased property taxes

  • Closing of businesses/loss of jobs

  • The threat of eminent domain

Choose the Experts at Young Marketing Group to Get Top Dollar for Your Home

The listing specialists at Young Marketing Group know their communities, they know the real estate industry, and they thrive at providing you with top advice on how to make the most of your home. Contact us today to schedule a consultation, and we will make your selling and buying dreams come true, as we have for so many others in our Tennessee service areas.

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