agent tipsERA Justin RealtyHome Improvement valueRon DarbyRutherfordRutherford NJ March 25, 2017



ERA Justin Realty, a market leader throughout Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Hudson Counties deals with homes each day.  Some are pristine and some call for improvements.  “Collectively, our Realtor agents share knowledge with these tips. When you decide to undertake a major renovation or some minor home improvements, you may want to consider improvements which could attract buyers and increase your price if and when you sell your home. Should you put in a new kitchen or bathroom? Add new landscaping? Which improvements matter most and give the biggest return?

It is estimated that the average American family stays in a home for approximately seven years. Considering that your home is probably your most expensive asset, it makes sense to consult an ERA Justin Realtor agent to identify those improvements that will appeal to more buyers and help it sell faster, and possibly for a higher price. Before taking on major home improvements, it is best to first take care of minor maintenance needs, such as fixing leaky faucets, grouting around tubs, cleaning gutters and so on. Buyers are more comfortable purchasing a well cared for home because if what they can see is maintained, it is more likely that what they cannot see has also probably been maintained. Once basic maintenance needs are cared for, our real estate professionals can be helpful in recommending home improvements that may increase the value of your home. If you have extra funds to spend on one project, and you are choosing between renovating your kitchen or adding a new in-ground pool, which do you think would increase the value of your home more?  Installing a new kitchen will generate a greater return when selling than a pool. Not all buyers want a pool, however, they all want an updated kitchen.” 

Minor upgrades may also enhance the value of your property. Cleaning and de-cluttering go a long way to improving the sale of your home. Agents also recommend adding light and brightness to a home with new lighting fixtures. Landscape improvements, fresh interior paint in a neutral color and removing old carpeting (to expose wood floors or to replace with new carpet) are also  recommended. 

The team concluded, “For a survey of what improvements you are considering as well as a comparative market price analysis for a current 2017 value, one of our ERA Justin Realtor agents will be glad to give you a comprehensive overview and written report, at no obligation.”