Increase the Value of Your Home on a Shoestring

You can add a wing to the manse to add value, but if you’re short on butlers (or bucks), there are minor improvements you can make to increase the value of your home. These tips are great for staging to sell, a spring home refresher, or any time minor  home improvements.

  • Purchase new shades for lamps, and do a bit of research on the right bulb for healthy + happy lighting in each particular room. Some spaces benefit from bright, cool light, some are better with warm pools of light. A lampshade switcharoo and the right bulb in lamps or overhead lighting can make a big difference.
  • Add sparkle to cabinets and cupboards with new hardware. Cabinet pulls and drawer pulls are the jewelry of your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and can upgrade the look of the room for just a few bucks.
  • Paint is one of the fastest, cheapest, easiest ways to add value to your home. If you’re planning to sell in the near future, go neutral. If you’re staying put for awhile, go as bold as you want!
  • Plant a tree, shrub or flower bed. Just as good? Trim overgrown bushes or invest a little time in your lawn.
  • Purchase a new kitchen faucet. You can modernize the look of the entire room with this small change.
  • Buy a new rug for your living room, dining room or master bedroom. Make sure you purchase the right size rug for your furniture layout and the space available.
  • Re-caulk sinks and tubs. This boosts the cleanliness factor and can make the room feel newer.

Need advice on which projects to tackle before you list your home, or which projects are the best long term investment? Give me a call – I’m happy to help.

Jack Meyers

The Meyers Group 
Twitter: @jackestate


For Sale By Owner – A $65,000 Mistake!?

Recently overheard at the next table in a restaurant:

“We’re thinking about selling the house ourselves. We worked with a Realtor to buy the house, but I think we can save a few bucks putting it on the market on our own. Every little bit helps, right?” 

To be fair, I overheard just a snippet of this conversation, so maybe there is more to the story. As a licensed Realtor, of course I believe all buyers and sellers should seek professional representation for their Real Estate transactions. The buying and selling of property is a binding legal transaction. I wouldn’t recommend that you show up to court without a lawyer, nor would I recommend selling a home without a Realtor. In regard to the purchase or sale of property, there is more at risk than dollars, and it pays to have someone on your side who can make sense of the legalities of the transaction. 

According to 2011 NAR {the National Association of Realtors} statistics, FSBO’s accounted for 10% of all home sales. While the average home sold {with Realtor assistance} for $215,000 in 2011, the average home sold by the homeowner sold for just $150,000. Ouch! These statistics put a different spin on the situation, that’s for sure. 

If a potential $65k loss still doesn’t sell you on the need for Real Estate representation, call me or drop a line. I’d love to chat about your personal Real Estate purchase or sale, whether or not you choose to work with me. I might just have a few useful tidbits to share in terms of your Real Estate goals. 

Jack Meyers


Twitter: @jackestate