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4 Small Changes That Can Add Major Value To Your Home.

by Scott and Tammy Watson

When it comes to selling your home, obviously you want to do everything you can on your end to add value to your home and secure the highest offer. But while you might automatically assume that major added value comes from major renovations, sometimes it's the small things that add up ending the most value to your home. Here are four small, inexpensive changes that can add major value to your home and get you higher offers in process.

As always, contact a GroupWatson professional for additional renovations that add value to your home. Contact us at 972-370-1775 or email at info@groupwatson.com!

1. Spruce Up Your Exterior

While many homeowners focus their renovations and changes on the interior of their home, the exterior of your property is the first thing potential buyers will see. If you want to get off on the right foot and make a positive first impression, it's important that the exterior of your home is inviting and well-designed. You don't have to completely landscape your property in order to make a good first impression. A few minor changes to the exterior can really spruce things up and make the space feel more inviting for potential buyers. Put a fresh coat of paint on your front door. Line the walkway leading up to your entrance with inexpensive potted plants. If you have room, add a small chair or table to create a sitting area on the front porch. And always make sure your lawn is watered and mowed. Having a clean, inviting, and well-decorated exterior will have buyers falling in love with your property before they ever even walk through the front door.

2. Add A Fresh Coat Of Paint

One of the most inexpensive ways to add serious value to your home is by adding a fresh coat of paint, particularly if it's been awhile since your walls have been redone. Old, peeling, or out-of-date paint can make your home look like it's in rougher shape than it actually is. A fresh coat of paint will breathe new life into your rooms and frame them in the best light to potential buyers. When choosing paint colors, go for neutral colors like gray or beige; using bright or unique colors can be off-putting to some potential buyers. Neutral tones makes it easier for buyers to see themselves in the space. Just be sure to avoid white - the color can feel overly harsh and can make your home feel cold and impersonal (not exactly the feel you're going for when selling a home).

3. Update The Bathroom

If you have an older home, making a few minor updates to the bathroom - even if they're only cosmetic - can go a long way in adding value to your home. Things like outdated wallpaper, tile, or light fixtures can make your bathroom feel dated, a feeling which may carry over into the rest of your home and turn off potential buyers. Take stock of your bathroom and see what changes might help it feel more modern and up-to-date. Currently have wallpaper that looks like it belongs in the 80's? Ditch the wallpaper for a more modern print or a fresh coat of paint. Does your vanity feel ancient? Try replacing the hardware for a more sleek look. Renovating a bathroom can be pricey, but cosmetic changes are not - and will have a huge impact on the value of your home.

4. Hire A House Cleaning Service

When you're selling your home, it needs to be spotless. Dust bunnies under the couch, stains on the sink, or fingerprints on the wall can keep you from getting offers on your home - even though all of those situations are temporary and completely reversible. While you might be great at cleaning under normal circumstances, when you're selling your home, you should definitely consider hiring a professional cleaning service. Professionals are trained to cover every nook and cranny and ensure that your house is sparkling by the end of the service. And having a house that's expert-level clean can be a huge selling point to potential buyers. Look for a local cleaning service that has experience preparing homes to sell (this is called a "make-ready" cleaning) and book their services before your next open house. This minor investment can pay off big time when potential buyers are drafting up their offers. Before you sell your home, you want to do everything in your power to drive up the value and walk away with the highest offer possible. And these four changes are so small, inexpensive, and easy, there's no reason not to use them to your advantage!

 

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PROPERTY DETAILS
$285,000
LISTING INFORMATION
MLS: 13608209
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 2
Partial Baths: 0
Sq ft: 2062
Lot Size: 0.200
Taxes: $0.00
PROPERTY DESCRIPTION

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CONTACT INFORMATION
Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519
http://www.groupwatson.com/
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23 Inexpensive DIY Projects You Need To Do This Summer

by Scott and Tammy Watson

It’s Summer, and that bug to build and improve the home is likely hitting a good number of folks. With all of the DIY options out there, how is one to choose what to put their time and resources into? Here's an outline of 23 top DIYs for relatively easy and inexpensive upgrades to the home. Enjoy!

Make your succulents extra happy by using vintage wine bottles for homes.  

Globe lights from IKEA can be a bit boring, but all it takes

is creativity and some paper to make them more exciting.

Just like Mary Poppins' song, a spoonful of tea light helps

the anxiety go down.

Have an old rake? Don’t throw it out! Let it continue to

serve you in the kitchen.

Why discard an old ladder when you can repurpose one as a wine rack?

If you thought spoons were a great way to present tea lights, these easy DIY plaster flowers take it to another level!

Old wine barrel sections can become a beautiful vintage frame around your mirror.

With the right paint, an extra piece of PVC pipe can holster your hair tools.

Are tangled cords making a mess under the sink? A few PVC pipes on the inside of your cabinet door will fix that!

There are simply too many cool ways to display plants on wood pallets to pass up.  

Have you seen the really cool pallet planters? Here’s how to make one yourself.

Bring a spicy warm glow to your home with cinnamon stick candelabras.

This stylish coffee table is a tribute to the growing world of wood pallet DIYs.

 

A great way to repurpose baby food jars into classy flower holders.

Keep a sandy mess to a minimum with this super clever easy-to-build DIY covered sandbox.

These snazzy roll-out toy holders will fit perfectly under most beds.

DIY table design you don’t see every day.

These driftwood candle holders would bring a stylish touch to any home.

Nothing says you love your family like going through the “pane and effort” it takes to frame their pictures on windows.  

...Because you can never have enough chic wine racks.

With a little paint and ingenuity, used glass bottles can be used to enhance a room.

Turn regular cinder blocks into stylish plant holders with a little bit of paint and the right arrangement.

Give your blank wall a Moroccan touch with this wall stenciling DIY.

 

These tips are brought to you by GroupWatson.  If you are thinking of selling or buying a home, give one of our professionals a call today!  214.682.7002

 

Scott & Tammy Watson

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Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville TX 75056
214-682-7002
972-370-1775
Fax: 214-522-5519