Increase The Value Of Your Charleston Home

Dated: January 19 2017

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Some small changes can add instant value and intrigue to your home. Get your home in its best shape, so you can get top dollar when you list! Ideas include:

  • Spruce up the yard. Keep in mind that the exterior of your home is the first impression for buyers driving by or coming for a showing. Adding fresh pine straw, weeding, and cutting back any trees and shrubs will make your home look polished. Trees and shrubs that are near windows can also make rooms look darker, so but sure to trim them enough to add brightness to your interior. Plant trees to add privacy on the side or back of your home. Add potted plants to your steps and entryway to make your home inviting.

  • Be sure to add lighting, choose higher watt bulbs, clean windows, and replace any frosted glass with clear to make your home as bright as possible. Updating light fixtures, especially in bathrooms, can make your home more modern as well.

  • Knock down unnecessary walls or remove a kitchen island to create an open floor plan. Many buyers are looking for that open flow, so anything that can make your home more open and airy will draw buyers.

  • Keep everything as neutral as possible. Buyers aren’t looking for style; they are trying to envision themselves in the space. Choose neutral paint colors, remove any distracting art or furniture pieces, and remove personal photos and touches.

  • Replace worn rugs or carpet and touch up paint. You don’t want buyers to come in already thinking of what they will need to repair or replace.

  • Instead of expensive kitchen and bathroom updates, you can make a big difference with small changes. Update drawer pulls and cabinet knobs, clean grout, apply fresh caulk, get a new toilet seat, and update door knobs. Be sure everything is in working order and looks as new as possible.

  • If you have popcorn ceilings, remove it! This style quickly dates your home, and you can dedicate a weekend to removing it yourself.

  • Make your home appear larger by removing clutter or adding a shelving unit to store items out of sight. Remove larger pieces of furniture and try adding a large mirror to create the appearance of a larger space.

  • Adding an attractive ceiling fan is not only decorative, but also cuts energy costs. Consider adding them to bedrooms or living rooms.

  • Any kitchen update will add value. If you have the ability to update your appliances, it can make a big difference. Even updating a worn, stained sink or microwave can update your home quickly.

If you're local to the Charleston area,  and you've been thinking about selling your home, email us at for more information on how we get homes sold quickly and for top dollar, or for a current valuation of your property!

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Dan Lorentz

About Dan Lorentz, ABR, CRS, Founder & Team Leader of Greater Charleston Properties: Founder and Team Leader of the Greater Charleston Properties Team, Dan Lorentz, has lived in the Charleston, SC ....

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