The San Diego Real Estate Market in 2018 is still catering very sweetly to sellers – so this probably isn’t the first time you’ve wondered about ways to increase the value of your home. Making upgrades to boost the value of your home can rack up quickly and seem daunting, but if you do it right, you can make affordable changes that will make all the difference when it comes time to sell. Here’s a list of quick and easy ways to boost your San Diego home value.
1. STAY ON TOP OF IT
As you approach the time to put your house on the market, the last thing you want is to find out that you have a bunch of costly repairs that you need to get done. Staying on top of small repairs today will rid you of any problems along the way if you decide to sell. A great way to tackle this is to make a list of all the smaller things that need repair. They may not seem too important individually, but once they start to stack up, they can make a huge impact on the value of a San Diego home.
Not sure what repairs are necessary? That leads us right into our next tip.
2. GET IT INSPECTED
After all, not everything about home value is cosmetic. And if you don’t know it’s broken, you can’t exactly get it fixed. Turn to a professional for larger issues that may arise, such as checking for outdated plumbing and electrical systems, dry rot, or a termite infestation. Whether you’re planning on selling your home or not, it’s never a bad idea to get a clean bill of health for your home.
Something that starts out small, like an unnoticed water leak, can turn into a logistical and financial nightmare. Once you have a formal inspection, you’re aware of what issues you’re facing in your immediate, short term, and long term future, and you’ll be much better prepared to make financial decisions about your home. Even if you’re not planning on putting your San Diego home on the market in this year, you can always hang onto the records of the inspection and be ready to go with proof that you’ve kept up with maintenance.
3. UPDATE THAT PAINT
One of the easiest improvements that pays off the most is a fresh coat of paint! Anyone that’s ever shopped around for a home in San Diego home knows that there are some…interesting colors out there. When it comes to choosing paint colors, be cautious. This is not the time to be adventurous or trendy – deliberately choose something that skews toward the average.
What’s a color that most people will like? A neutral one! Homeowners enjoy making a new house “their own”, so choosing a neutral paint color allows potential buyers to view the house as a blank canvas. In general, a can of paint will not take a large chunk out of your budget – they usually sell for $25 or so. Plus, if you have enough time or enough supportive friends, you can do it yourself and save on the cost of labor. There are plenty of tutorials about making a coat of paint last, so do some quick research and get painting!
4. FRESHEN UP YOUR LANDSCAPE
We’ve all driven by that house. You know, the house that has a lawn that’s so unkempt that you’re not even sure you know what color it is, because all you can see is how much work needs to be done. Clean, appealing landscaping is the best, fastest, and possibly most important way to set the tone for anyone looking to purchase a home.
If your yard has gotten away from you, don’t worry – it’s a relatively inexpensive fix! To start, hire a lawn care company to come by and tidy up the shrubs, trim the lawn, and clear out those weeds, and you’ll be amazed at what a difference that makes. From here you can step back and get critical.
When you get home from work each day, try to look at the house as though it’s your first time seeing it. What draws your eye? What holds your attention? Is it something positive, like a splash of color in the roses by the front porch? Or is it a rain gutter that looks like it’s about to fall off? If you can spot any eyesores, take care of them.
For example, if you have a neighbor that refuses to trim their hedges and you want to draw the eyes of the buyer elsewhere, consider adding a focal point such as a fountain to the opposite side of your yard. If things are looking pretty good, you can still improve your curbside appeal by painting your front door an eye-catching color or washing your window screens. There are a ton of ways to make a house look more appealing when you first see it – get creative!
5. BATHROOM UPGRADES
Let’s get down to it, shall we? Kitchens and bathrooms. This is where the money lies. No one – absolutely no one – wants a dingy, outdated, crowded bathroom. And nobody wants to run out of counter space in the middle of cooking dinner. So buckle up and push through, because these are some of the most high-payoff cost-effective areas to spend on home improvements.
Before you start panicking about what this will do to your budget, bathroom upgrades are not always as expensive as you’d think. Small, simple things can make a world of difference. If you haven’t replaced the wall paper or paint any time in recent history, you should definitely swap it out for something bright, fresh, and clean. Lighting Fixtures aren’t too expensive, and the right lighting is key in bathrooms. When in doubt, try to aim for a relaxing and airy feel in the bathroom. If you’re willing to splurge, seriously consider heated floors – potential buyers are very drawn to this feature.
6. CLEAN UP YOUR KITCHEN
How old is your microwave? When was the last time your freezer was thoroughly cleaned out? Have the cabinets been updated at any point since the 1970’s? Potential buyers want nice kitchens. Any real estate agent will tell you the kitchen has a huge impact on San Diego home value. You don’t have to commit to buying all new cabinets, either. Sometimes adding a faux-wood finish to your existing cabinets is enough to make a difference. Pay attention to the details here. Even something as small as updating the light fixtures in the kitchen can really add to the overall appearance and feel of the room.
Still have questions? Feeling overwhelmed by paint choices, or unsure whether to replace the bathroom sink or redo the lawn? We can help! Contact us, and we’ll stop by to take a look and point you in the right direction. As we said, the San Diego real estate market for 2018 is absolutely a seller’s market – and we can help you sell for a price you wouldn’t believe.