For many people their home is the highest value asset they have. This is why it is so crucial to ensure that when it comes time to sell your Tampa home you get top dollar and maximum value for your investment.

From the extensive experience of Realtor Sandy Ernst we have compiled the following investments you can make to maximize your Tampa home’s selling price. Her advice will help you determine which improvements and renovations will maximize your value the most and which ones aren’t worth the effort.

Start with the Kitchen

The absolute best place for any major investment to boost home value is in the kitchen. While it’s not necessary to install million dollar appliances to create a space that sells you should create a logical floorplan that makes up the “triangle” of the kitchen.

You have to make it easy to go from the refrigerator to stove to sink. This is the triangle that creates the flow of the kitchen. If the flow isn’t smooth and if appliances truly do need to be replaced then go forward with renovations that make your kitchen easier to move around in, nicely appointed, and clean, clean, clean.

Replace Popcorn Ceilings and Paneling

Many old Florida homes still have glaring circa 1970’s and possibly asbestos-laced popcorn ceilings and old wood paneling. They’ve got to go!

Remove popcorn ceilings and replace with drywall. Remove – do not paint – paneling and put up drywall. A home that delivers a modern feel will generate top dollar at the closing table.

Update the Bathroom

Your bathrooms, along with kitchen, are the smart rooms to invest in to see a significant return on your money. Have a dated bathroom? Does it have that classic Florida aqua or green sink and tub combo? Then install clean, white fixtures, a new mirror, modern lighting, neutral colors and more. The investment is worth it.

Check the Plumbing

While not a visible item that attracts a buyer’s eye, today’s property appraisers take into account the condition and age of a home’s plumbing and pipes when assessing a value for the mortgage company.

A professional plumber can assess the condition of your pipes and, if necessary, fix or replace your system. And if you do need to update your plumbing, today’s new materials and technology mean less cost on labor and materials and you can more aggressively sell your home knowing that plumbing concerns will not be an issue or bargaining chip for buyers.

By following the tips noted above you can maximize your home’s selling price and be best positioned for great offers and a fast closing. If you need assistance finding a capable handyman or contractor for your home improvement projects, Realtor Sandy Ernst has an extensive network and can help you find the right person for the job.