Maybe you've decided to right size into a smaller, low-maintenance home now that the kids have moved out. Or maybe you're looking to upgrade to a home closer to the office or family. Whatever your reason for wanting to move, you may be concerned about getting top dollar for your current home. In addition to the equity you may already have in your home, consider these five ideas to add more equity to your home by doing it yourself. 

1. Boost Curb Appeal. Consider adding or updating shutters, adding plants and mulch to add color, and making sure walkways are uncluttered and swept clean. 

2. Power Wash the Exterior. If you don't own a power sprayer, you can rent one from most home improvement stores. Depending on the age of your home, you may be pleasantly surprised with what a difference a thorough, deep clean can do for the exterior of your home. Follow instructions closely when using the power sprayer so you don't damage the paint or siding.

3. Add Crown Molding. Depending on the style of your home, crown molding can make a living room or den pop. If your home is in need of more character, crown molding can be a simple solution. 

4. Add Storage. If you have a home that lacks storage, adding extra shelf space can a world of difference. Make sure closets and storage space are clean and organized before showing your home to potential buyers. 

5. Update Hardware. If your door handles and faucets are showing their age, it's time for an upgrade. Installation is fairly simple and you can find good deals online or through sales. 

If you're planning to sell your home, contact us for a complimentary home valuation so you know how much your home is worth. 


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