Real Estate 101 – Top Tips to Improving Your Home

“If you are trying to sell your home, you will want to take a few steps to improve your home in order to get the best price possible for your real estate. By following these simple tips, you will be able to get a great price and to sell your real estate is quickly as possible.

Tip #1: Getting Natural

One of the quickest and easiest ways to improve the look of your home and to improve its value is to add a few flowers. Even if you are not an avid gardener, you can add a few flowers to make your home more appealing when homebuyers visit your property. Flowers are relatively inexpensive, easy to add, and provide immediate results.

If you don’t want to dig up your yard, you can simply place some flowers inside of planter boxes. You can then place them on the porch, on the patio, in windowsills, or anywhere else that adding a little color would be a good idea. Some flowers that are quite attractive and easy to care for include:

o Alyssum

o Marigolds

o Pansies

o Petunias

o Snapdragons

These flowers are also pretty inexpensive and can be bought in trays. In fact, you can create an entire planter box – including the planter, the soil, and the flowers – for less than $20. What’s even better is that you can take the planter boxes with you when you move so you can dress up your new home right away!

Tip #2: Create a Grand Entrance

The entryway will be the first thing most people notice since this is what leads them into your house. Therefore, you should give this area a bit of attention when improving your home. Your landscaping and outdoor design should make it clear where your front door is located and should help encourage visitors to move in that direction. Sometimes, simply painting the front door a different color is enough to boost its appeal. Many designers prefer to paint the front door a bright color and to place a large welcome mat in front of the door to help it stand out a little more.

Creating an “outdoor foyer” of sorts can also help draw attention to the entryway. A strategically placed bench or potted plants can do wonders where this is concerned.

Tip #3: Update the Kitchen and Bathroom

You don’t have to completely gut your kitchen and bathroom in order to get a great look. But, you should take steps to make sure they are both updated because these rooms are the two biggest selling points to a home.

One way to quickly give a kitchen a facelift is to reface the cabinets. This is less expensive than installing completely new cabinetry but can provide great results. If your budget allows, you might install more up-to-date appliances as well. Changing the cabinetry or installing interesting lighting in a bathroom can go a long way toward improving the look of this room as well.

Taking a few simple steps to improve your home can go a long way toward improving the value of your real estate. Even better, by making a few smart choices, these improvements do not have to cost you a great deal of money. Yet, they can help you dramatically increase the amount of money you receive when you do sell your property”