When speaking to sellers about increasing the value of their home there are two different aspects to consider: one is what the appraiser will see and the other is what the buyer will perceive as value. So when you’re thinking of the buyer and how to make your home appear more valuable to them, so much is about the first impression: your front porch, the paint on your door, the simple staging techniques that you would see on HGTV. Perhaps a buyer wants to perceive your home as having intrinsic value, things like extra storage. Is your home low maintenance or maintenance-free? When they move in, will it need paint? Is it going to need new carpets? So just replacing the carpet, making sure that all your paint and your trim in your home looks gorgeous will increase the value to the buyer.
In regards to the appraiser, they’ll be evaluating things like: When was the last time you updated your kitchen? What do the bathroom counters look like? You can do some simple upgrades that like changing the countertop in your bathroom, making sure that your lighting is up to date, making sure your yard is fenced. Little things like that that won’t cost a lot of money will increase the value for an appraiser as well.