Home Value

Dooley and Mason Realty Group has helped hundreds of happy home sellers in the North Shore and north of Boston areas. If you are thinking of selling your house, we are available to answer any questions you may have and can help you get started. Meanwhile, if you are thinking of selling, here are some helpful home improvement tips that could potentially increase your home value.

1. Home Inspection. Before starting any project, do some research to find an experienced home inspector who can visually evaluate the condition of your home from inside out.  Prior to the home inspection, you may want to call ahead and ask some basic questions such as:
-How long have you been inspecting homes?
-How many inspections have you done?
-What are the common issues that need fixing right away?
Make sure to be present during the inspection and be prepared to ask questions along the process. The home inspector will hand over a report for review after the inspection. Make sure to review the report thoroughly; do not just ignore the problems found but find the best suitable time to tackle down the priorities as soon as possible.

2. Kitchen. The kitchen is considered the heart of the home, and if you are planning to sell, make an extra effort in keeping it clean and updated. However, remodeling the whole kitchen might not be necessary since it will cost a fair bit of your budget and there will be nothing left for the other rooms. For just a few hundred dollars, you can focus on small amendments such as replacing the kitchen faucet set or cabinet handles.

3. Bathroom. Beautify your bathroom. The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. You can do a lot to improve it without having to spend too much money. For instance, if your tub and shower are looking a little dirty, consider re-grouting the tile and replacing chipped tiles. Even small changes like replacing a new toilet seat or giving the sink a little update can dramatically improve the overall appearance of the room.

4. Flooring. If you have worn out rugs around your home, it is best to throw them away as they could put off potential buyers as soon as they set foot into the house. Even though refinishing the hardwood floor may sound the ideal way for a presentable look, buyers may have other ideas. Therefore, sticking with new area rugs should suffice in the meantime.

5. Electrician and Plumber. It is worth the investment to hire someone to fix any loose wires or faulty outlets, as well as check for and fix any water leaks. These little details tell a buyer that someone has really taken care of the home and can really influence its price.

6. Lighting. Replacing dull lights is a good start, but adding more lighting options around each room can really draw more attention to the best areas to your home. This is very inexpensive and should relatively be easy to do.

7. Painting. Strategize which rooms or doors need redecorating and start from there. Moreover, a fresh coat of neutral paint will make your home appear larger, brighter and more appealing to potential buyers. This may be time-consuming but the result will definitely pay off.

8. Cleaning & Being Organized. Clean every inch of your house and don’t forget to make your windows and floors sparkle. Create more space by organizing any cluttered room, closets, and drawers. If there are any odors lingering around, purchase an air-neutralizing spray that will help remove any offensive odors. A clean home with lots of space attracts buyers!

By following the checklist, you could potentially add more value to your home and have a higher chance of selling. Don’t underestimate the effect of inexpensive cosmetic improvements. It is the little things that make the big difference.  Contact Dooley & Mason Realty Group today on (978)-664-1300. We know how to make your life easier.