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Raise Your Property Value Sky High

Jan 30, 2008
Let's face it - your home is an investment, and in order to keep that investment profitable, you need to maintain and increase your property value through the years. Your house is a stable source of cash as well as a place to shelter your family and lay your head down at night. A house is an asset, and while not an extremely liquid one, it's at least a bankable cash source available to you should a major emergency ever strike.

Obviously the higher you can get your property value, the more money you have access to should any situation arise. At the very least, you'll be glad you kept that value up should you ever decide to sell. Increasing your property value is just one way of securing a stable future for yourself.

To start pushing up your property value, pay attention to your curb appeal. The nicer the outside looks, the higher the perceived value tends to be - and you'd be surprised at what that can do to your actual value! Not to mention, great curb appeal leads to a speedier sale!

It's important to carefully plan any designs for your property so you don't spoil the whole purpose of landscaping! It's best to just hire a professional if you want it done right - or at least do some HEAVY research before you make your decisions. Did you know that a good landscape design not only adds to your property value, but can even save you up to 25% on heating and cooling costs!?

Other outdoor improvements that can increase your property value include painting or re-siding the home and making sure all gutters and clean and in working condition. Fencing in a yard can often create a larger demand for a property and good outdoor lighting adds a feel of security. Make sure the parking areas are clear and clean, no muddy puddles, and that potholes are filled in.

Inside improvements can also help to increase your property value. For example, homes with central air conditioning are almost always in demand. Also, spacious kitchens are in high demand - even if your kitchen is small by most standards, shelves and hanging racks can help open it up.

Regular maintenance is THE most important thing to keeping your property value high. Don't let your home fall apart around you and replace fixtures as needed, like lights, window screens, water fixtures, etc. If you think new paint and carpet can help also, think again - they tend to have little or no positive affect on property value, since cosmetic repairs are basically a matter of taste.

It's always best to explore your options before making any improvements. Your property value is like your credit score - always know what it is, check on it regularly and do things to help it creep up! These tips are just a few the ways you can ensure the increase of your property value over the years.
About the Author
The writer, Ashley Lichty and her team are guru in property value appreciation and have been serving home owners nationwide looking to find their home value for over five years. You can find out more about Ashley and her team by visiting GetMyHomesValue.com.
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