Tips for Increasing a Home's Property Value

3/19/15 (Thu)

Tips for Increasing a Home's Property Value

With the Spring selling season in full swing, now is the time for your clients to start making changes to improve their home's comfort level and the way it functions to make it more appealing to potential buyers.

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Where should they start? Peter Chovanes, a REALTOR® with Van Guard Properties in San Francisco, advises that clients start with the four home improvement basics: foundation, roof, plumbing, and electrical.  Of these the roof is the most important. "I am almost always asked 'How old is the roof?'" he says. "And keeping the roof in good shape alleviates other problems; for example, water can run laterally and once a leak starts it can follow plumbing and even electrical conduits. So what you think is a plumbing leak might really be a hole in the roof."