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6 Ways to Instantly Raise The Value of Your Home

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When you decide to sell your home, you want to get the most money possible out of the sale. To increase your home’s value usually involves thousands of dollars and you won’t get a full return on your investment. However, there are cheap methods you can use to make your house look better, raising its intrinsic value to buyers.

Update your front door

Painting your front door is literally one of the cheapest and most effective ways to add tons of value to your home. If your current front door needs a refresh, add a new coat of paint that compliments your house’s color. For the cost of a gallon of paint, you can add a few hundred—if not a thousand—dollars to your home’s value.

If you need a new door, there are plenty of options.

  • Steel doors are popular and sturdy.
  • Wood doors are durable, timeless, and always in style.
  • Fiberglass doors are more affordable and easy to maintain.

Regardless of what you choose, a new door will double its cost in home value.


Hiring a professional painter to paint the exterior of your house will more than pay for itself. Just giving it a fresh coat of the same color will revitalize your home’s exterior. Make your home give a fantastic first impression since potential buyers will see the exterior of the home first (either in the listing or when touring the home). In addition, buyers will like that the house is freshly painted and are likely to increase what they will pay because of it.


Once inside, buyers will also quickly see the state of the floors. Give your floors a refresh or an update if they need it. Buyers love not having to worry about needing to fix or replace the floors, and are willing to pay more because of that. Flooring always has a high ROI.

  • If you have vinyl, make sure it is swept, scrubbed, and mopped. If it needs replacing, there are a variety of styles and materials to choose from.
  • If you have hardwood, make sure that scratches and scuffs are stained over. This doesn’t take long and can be done yourself. If they are old or beaten up, consider having them replaced or refinished. 
  • In carpeted rooms, make sure to get the carpets professionally cleaned. It makes a night and day difference. However, not even professional cleaning can fix old or stretched-out carpets with clear foot traffic paths. If this is what your carpets look like, get them replaced before putting your home on the market. New carpet is always a selling point.

Get a pre-inspection

Hire a professional home inspector to inspect your home before you put it on the market. Spending a few hundred dollars now to fix potential problems with your house will give you thousands on the sale. You can also use the inspection report to disclose everything you focus on to buyers and their agents. This will give them peace of mind and less likely to haggle for a better deal.

Interior hardware

We’ve talked about this in other home renovation and high-ROI posts, but it bears repeating because it works. Fresh everyday hardware raises the perceived value of your house. Get new light switch and outlet plates to replace dirty or cracked ones. New doorknobs and drawer pulls in the kitchen and bathrooms completely modernize the space. The more modern and updated your home looks, the more buyers are willing to pay for it.

Choosing the right real estate agent

When you are ready to sell your home, you want to make sure as many people as possible see the listing, and you want to make as much money as possible from the sale. Hiring the right real estate company will ensure both of those goals are met. Build Idaho features the following on all of our listings:

  • Top-of-the-line photography
  • Immersive 3D Matterport virtual tours
  • Aerial drone shots of the property
  • Listing your home on BuildIdaho.com, the most comprehensive real estate website in the Boise area
  • Listing-specific videos featuring your real estate agent giving a tour
  • Posting the listing on social media

All of these services are taken care of in-house, so we can ensure the highest-quality listings get seen by the most people possible. If you are ready to sell your home, now is the time. Call Build Idaho’s expert Boise real estate agents at (208) 219-7683 to get started.


Related: 7 tips to sell your home for top dollar

Posted by AndrewS at 10/9/2020 3:24:00 AM

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