Want to maximize your home’s resale value? More than 5 million homes will trade hands this year, and everyone wants top-dollar for theirs. In order to get the most for your home, we recommend this list of top five ways to get the most out of your property.

  1. Curb Appeal

When considering the resale value of your home – start with the way it looks from the curb. Literally. Outside space isn’t included in the square footage of your home, but it can very easily impact the overall value of your sale. You never get a second chance to make that first impression, so sink a little thought and money into the wow factor from the street to the front door.

  1. Stage Your Home

Probably the number one investment when selling your home, dollar-for-dollar, is professional staging. Short of an actual construction project (new kitchen or bathroom, etc.) hiring a professional staging company makes your home shine, and makes you more money. A lot more! They declutter and then furnish your home with the potential buyer in mind. Don’t cut corners here.

  1. Invest in Your Kitchen & Bath

Consumer Reports says that you can increase the value of your home by an estimated 7% by renovating the two most important rooms: the kitchen and bathrooms. You don’t have to drop tens of thousands of dollars to freshen things up. A new coat of neutral paint and maybe some attention to the hardware (cabinet handles and lights) goes a long way to shaking a dated look.

  1. Pay Attention to Flooring

One of the first impressions made on a buyer’s walk-through is that of the flooring. If your flooring is dated, old, damaged or mix-matched it’s an automatic turnoff to buyers. More and more, people want hardwood (or equivalent appearing) flooring in their homes. If your budget can’t sustain new hardwoods, consider some of the hybrid or alternative offerings. Bamboo flooring is especially in vogue for its sustainability and durability.

  1. Hire the Right Professional

Finding the right professional real estate agent can be a challenge, but it’s worth your best effort. The right agent knows how to properly market your property and home for sale. They most likely have connections to the professional organizers, stagers, flooring reps and photographers to put your best foot forward into the market.

Van Morgan is a veteran real estate agent with Exit Realty Cherry Creek, in Denver, Colorado. As a Colorado native, he brings an element of regional knowledge to the table that consistently performs well for his clients. You are invited to start a conversation with Van to explore the possibilities of getting the most for your home with him as your go-to seller’s agent. Contact him directly at 720-545-8237 or by visiting www.VanSellsColorado.com.