How to add Value to your home before you sell!

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Before you sell your house in Grand Haven, take the time to declutter! You want to make sure that your buyer is not overwhelmed by all the stuff in your home. If a buyer walks into a room and sees clutter, they may think that there is something wrong with the house or that you don’t care about it as much as you should.

It’s important to get rid of things that aren’t necessary or don’t bring any value to your home so it can be sold quickly and for top dollar. Here are some tips on how to do this:

  • Get rid of unused items around the house such as old boxes, non-working appliances, broken furniture and electronics and other things that have been sitting around gathering dust for years (and probably won’t miss).
  • Donate items with sentimental value but no practical use anymore such as an old family photo album or an old piece of furniture from grandma’s basement when she passed away many years ago – someone else may find these useful!
  • Sell any unwanted items on eBay or Craigslist if they still have some life left in them – who knows? Someone might come along who has been looking for exactly what you have been holding onto but never found!

Make sure everything is in working order

The first thing you should do is make sure everything in your home is in working order. This includes appliances, plumbing, heating/cooling systems, electrical systems and anything else that can break down over time. If something isn’t working properly or doesn’t meet current building codes, have it repaired or replaced before putting the house on the market.

Front door

  • Make sure your front door is in good repair. This is not a time for shortcuts. Spend some money to replace the frame, make sure the hinges are secure and that there are no cracks or holes in the door itself.
  • Make sure your front door is neutral in color so it isn’t too flashy or bland-looking, but instead blends well into its surroundings.
  • Clean both sides of your front door thoroughly before showing it to prospective buyers so that they can see themselves living there—this means removing all traces of dirt, grime and scuff marks with a high-quality cleaner like Armor All Original Protectant Spray Wax ($7).
  • Make sure there’s adequate lighting above and below your front door so that anyone who comes calling will be able to see into or out from under it without having to fumble around with their phone’s flashlight app or knock several times because they think nobody’s home! You’ll want an LED strip light ($15) mounted beneath it along with one above it on either side (you can get these at any hardware store). We recommend installing motion sensors inside each fixture so as not to waste electricity while also deterring intruders by making them think someone might be home either way!

New flooring

When you’re planning to sell your home, it’s important to make sure that you’ve done everything possible to increase its value. One of the easiest ways to do so is by adding new flooring.

Floors can make a huge difference in how much the buyer will pay for your house and how comfortable they’ll feel when they move in. You have several different types of flooring options available: hardwood, laminate, tile and carpet all add value to your home while providing a comfortable surface on which people can walk.

The cost of the right kind of flooring isn’t cheap, but it’s worth it if it means you get more money at closing or even better—if you can keep your house instead of selling! Flooring is an investment that will last for years and could save thousands in repairs down the road if properly installed by professionals like us here at A&M Floors.


  • Planting trees: If you have the space, planting a tree or two can significantly increase your home’s value. Trees provide shade and privacy for your property, giving you an additional perk besides their natural beauty.
  • Adding a fence: A well-built fence adds both value and security to any property. Consider adding an iron or wooden fence with tall gates at each entrance to your home—this will give the impression that it’s safe from intruders and unwanted guests alike!

Home office

If you want to add value to your home and make it more attractive to potential buyers, a home office is a great way to go. If you don’t have room for a real office, consider renting shared space at a co-working space in your neighborhood or online. If you have the space, consider starting with an overall renovation of the room into an actual home office.


Bathrooms are an important part of any home, and a good bathroom remodel can add value to your house. In some cases, there may be nothing wrong with the existing bathroom aside from its age. However, if your bathroom is old or if you want to update it anyway, here are some things you can do:

  • Replace the tile flooring with new hardwood or laminate floors.
  • Replace plumbing fixtures such as sinks and toilets.
  • Paint the walls in a neutral color that will go well with any decorating style.
  • Add new lighting fixtures above mirrors and vanities so that they shine brighter than ever!

Fireplace facelift

A fireplace facelift can be as simple as replacing the mantel or hearth, or it can involve a full revamp of the entire fireplace. If your brickwork is looking tired and worn, consider updating it with new brick. Replace the surround with tile too if you want to add some color that will highlight your favorite photos or artwork. You could also replace the logs and glass panes in order to give your home a fresh look.

If you’re not quite ready for such an extensive renovation project, then take some time each week over the next few months to clear out old papers from under your bed; get rid of expired food items in cereal boxes; sweep up crumbs after meals; clean baseboards regularly; dust less frequently used furniture throughout the house; organize closets and drawers where you keep clothes, linens and towels; throw away old magazines that no longer interest you (or at least recycle them). These small steps will help keep clutter at bay while making room for new treasures waiting patiently just around the corner!

Garage storage

Garages are usually empty, and can be converted into a great space for storage. They’re also accessible from the outside of your home, so it’s easy to get in and out of them.

Using your garage as an extra storage area can help you sell your home faster and for more money because homes that have roomier garages tend to sell faster than homes with smaller ones.

Basement upgrades

Basements are one of the most popular rooms for adding value. Below are a few ideas:

  • Wet bar and/or kitchenette
  • Playroom, family room, game room or man cave
  • Bedroom and/or bathroom (with extra plumbing added)
  • Laundry area with washer and dryer hookups

Wet bar or basement kitchenette

The basement is a great place to get creative. Consider adding a wet bar or kitchenette, which can be a great place to entertain guests and have a TV. It’s also a good idea to make sure the space is finished with drywall, flooring and plumbing fixtures. If you’re looking for additional storage space, consider adding an extra room that has built-in shelving units. This way your guests can feel like they’re in their own private area without having to crowd into the basement bathroom with everyone else!

Kitchen island upgrade

An island is a great place to store your appliances, cookware and other kitchen essentials. It is also the perfect place for a breakfast bar or dining table. In addition, many communities have restrictions on building too large of an addition to the house, so an island can add extra square footage without adding another room.

How to add value to your home before you sell

Taking care of your home and making improvements can allow you to ask for more money when you sell it!

It is possible to increase the value of your Grand Haven home before selling it by making improvements.

Improvements are typically things like adding a bathroom or renovating an existing one, installing new flooring, repairing a leaky roof, landscaping etc. These types of improvements will make your property more attractive to buyers and may allow you to ask for more money when you sell it!

The saying goes that you should sell a home with “sweat equity”—meaning that you should make all the improvements yourself, so you can ask for more money when it comes time to sell. Of course, this advice assumes that you own the property. If not, then there’s another option: hire a professional renovation company to take care of all the dirty work while you sit back and reap the benefits later on down the line! Are you thinking about selling your Grand Haven, Michigan home? Do you have questions on how to add value? Call or text us at 616-550-7686, our Real Estate Specialists would love to answer any questions you may have!

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