Top 5 Ways To Increase Your Home’s Value

14 Jul

We all want our homes to look appealing to make visitors take a second look; but where do you spend your money to increase value And look good And stand out?

1.An updated kitchen. Kitchens are critical because people want lots of workspace to cook and socialize. Buyers look for solid surface counters, updated appliances and high-quality flooring, such as wood, laminate, tile or stone. It also doesn’t hurt if it opens onto another room; families are looking for openness to communicate. It won’t hurt if you have a picturesque window or several windows to allow light in. Will it sell faster, Yes!

2.Natural materials. People are looking for ceramic tile, hardwood floors, and granite. In floor coverings — especially bathrooms or kitchens — look for ceramic tile or wood rather than linoleum, which can become worn and tear.  In the rest of the house choose wood or laminate products over wall-to-wall carpeting.

3.Curb appeal. First impressions are everything. There is nothing better than pulling up to a home with a manicured lawn and a splash of color. A house that appears tidy and well-cared-for will sell more quickly and for more money. A good first appearance can add as much as 10 percent to the value of the home.

4.Basement. A finished basement adds more value simply because of the space. People love the fact that they can “go somewhere and hide” or have that man-cave; and many parents love a place where teenagers can be in another part of the home, not seen or heard!

5.Lots of storage. Nothing beats an oversized garage, some attic space and plenty of closets. If you have a two-car garage you are in the forefront for “SOLD”; do you have extra space for those things we all have — bicycles, lawn mower, snow blower and just extra junk? No matter if you’re single or married, Space is important.

Now on the flip side, contrary to what many people believe there are things that can alter your property value;

• A pool. Pools in most parts of the country don’t automatically raise the value of your home; It’s constant upkeep, they get cracks, when the equipment goes down it’s expensive to replace and the liability is high

• Outdated appliances or systems. Who wants an electrical system or plumbing system incapable of handling modern conveniences?

• Stale or overly personal decor. Sure, red is a hot wall color right now but a complete red room? It won’t appeal to everyone. Most home sellers will change the colors to something muted but then you have those who want to remain purple and electric green for the sake of individual design.

About the Author: Millie Gil has been a successful Licensed Real Estate agent for over 25 years in Florida.  Millie is Vice President of Bold Real Estate Group, a boutique agency committed to concierge personalized service for discerning buyers, sellers and renters of residential and commercial properties.  For more information please forward your request to

Servicing:  Port St. Lucie, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Stuart, Vero Beach,  Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce,  Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palm Coast, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Atlantic Beach, Fernandina Beach, Saint Johns, Saint Augustine, Daytona Beach, Fleming Island and New York real estate.

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