At Ali Safavi Real Estate, we know selling a home can be a stressful undertaking. From realtors to renovations, there dozens of odds and ends that need to be attended to – but where to start? There’s so much information on the internet it can seem underwhelming. Below is a quick list of easy to understand projects and purchases you can make to up your home value before entering the market.

Home Technology

Embrace the Internet of Things. People shopping for homes expect a certain level of technology integration. Not everything has to be done at once, but there are a number of areas that will improve your home value while providing  a better living experience:

  • Rooftop solar panels
  • Digital lighting
  • Smart glass
  • Smart thermostat
  • Smart locks
  • Surveillance cameras

Garage – Thinking of remodeling? Think Again

Most homeowners have at least considered transforming their dungy garage into a livable room. In most cases I would recommend against it. For one, unless you remodel the garage from the outside, it will always look like a conversion. The driveway will lead to… a wall, so it will have to be remodeled, too. Before you know it you’ve bitten off more than you can chew.

You’ll have problems on the interior as well. The floor will be lower than the rest of the house because it’s a concrete slab. It isn’t insulated like the rest of the house, so there will be a noticeable difference in sound absorption and temperature. And when it comes to valuing your new addition, that’s no easy tast either. You paid per square foot of living space – which often does not include the garage.

Bathroom Time

Nice bathrooms are a must have in today’s competitive market. By nice I don’t mean huge, and it doesn’t have to have technology out of a science fiction movie. Take an honest look at your throne room. Chances are it could use some retouches. You’ll have to decide the size of the project. Large-scale remodel involving plumbing or electrical work would require a pro and will cost more of your budget. However, if you’re remodeling a smaller room, the basic DIY cost falls to under $700. A mid-scale remodel of a guest and master bath costs an average of $150 per square foot and $250 per square foot, respectively. Concentrate on functionality. How creative can you get with storage and space solutions.


It’s easy to lose track of your home’s beauty when it is covered in clutter. A normal cleaning is fine for a typical Sunday afternoon, but if you’re looking to sell…it’s time to get serious. Look around and see what you can take away (for now). In the kitchen, for example, If you have any low-hanging pots and pans on racks from the walls or ceilings, consider removing them and patch the holes. Unless the rack is very necessary or really nice decor that doesn’t block views or hang too low, removing it will help create a greater feeling of spaciousness. Do this for every room. There may be items that are special to you, but could distract a potential buyer. Oh yea…and DUST!