Best Home Improvements for Resale | 7 Home Improvements to INCREASE Property Value

Best Home Improvements for Resale | 7 Home Improvements to INCREASE Property Value

Arlington VA real estate agent and Realtor Matt Leighton talks about the best home improvements sellers can make to help increase the value of their property before listing the property for sale.

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Best Home Improvements | 7 Best Home Improvements for Sellers
1:08 – Paint
2:18 – Improve the lighting
3:19 – Replace wall outlets, faucets, knobs, and door handles
4:21 – Do minor kitchen upgrades
5:29 – Install hardwood floors instead of carpet
6:15 – Stage your house
8:37 – Landscaping

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Century 21 Redwood Realty
1934 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201


  1. Hold The Bacon on August 22, 2020 at 3:50 am

    Most houses I see these days are so cluttered, it’s hard for most ppl to see what the possibilities actually are! I like what you said about getting rid of too much furniture. It’s so true!!!! Love the video!

  2. Mike McCormick on August 22, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Very good tips !
    I would change from adding track lighting to the more appealing and up to date LED recessed wafer lights especially in place of the old four foot long fluorescent lights found in most outdated kitchens.
    I just replaced one outdated 4ft long fluorescent kitchen light with 8 LED recessed wafer lights for $100 and it changed the whole look of the kitchen!

  3. Braulio Torres on August 22, 2020 at 3:52 am

    Question for those in Arizona! A lot of the houses of rocks out front instead of grass for obvious reasons (desert). But! Iโ€™ve seen a few people lay down turf instead. Would that look nice or look cheap? Would the rocks be a better curb appeal option or should I opt to lay down some fake grass? Tell me what you think

  4. Merewetherful on August 22, 2020 at 3:52 am

    I came across a property that had dark grey, blue and green feature walls and there were like 20 buyers fighting for it. It got an extremely high price –

  5. ALSET Go on August 22, 2020 at 3:52 am

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  6. Stephen Lacher on August 22, 2020 at 3:53 am

    There is also such a thing as ‘period correct’ hardware, etc.

  7. Kobe Brown on August 22, 2020 at 3:56 am

    did you hold that egg the whole time until the video was at 1:57

  8. Amanda Graham on August 22, 2020 at 3:56 am

    Where are the pictures and examples? It is just this guy talking. Would not recommend.

  9. IF NY on August 22, 2020 at 3:57 am

    Starts @ 1:08

  10. Angel Davila on August 22, 2020 at 3:57 am

    thanks for keeping it short and simple

  11. Street Muscle on August 22, 2020 at 3:58 am

    What do you think of pendant lights in kitchen and man-made quartz on kitchen countertop? good vid, great tips, thanks!

  12. cmscms123456 on August 22, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Kitchen remodel for under $6-8,000. NEVER HIRE A CONTRACTOR…. Hire a TRUSTED HANDYMAN… take measurements and GO WITH HIM TO Home Depot or..? to get your kitchen cabinets and counter tops ordered. Probably $3000. add a new sink, faucet and all the plumbing under the sink. Throw in some flooring, tiles, or? and you have a very cool kitchen for CHEAP AND FAST. I COMPLETELY remodeled my kitchen over a weekend. No need to move out, or live out of your bathroom sink for 8-12 weeks as your "CONTRACTOR" rips your kitchen out, then disappears for a month or two.

  13. Pranav Sharma on August 22, 2020 at 3:59 am

    It would have been better if u could show some pics for better understanding

  14. S A on August 22, 2020 at 4:05 am

    This was an awesome video loved how real and practical you were and love your personality! Made it easy to watch! Thank you!

  15. Anna Power on August 22, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Thanks for these tips. Constructive comment – your voice volume is up and down. Not sure why but itโ€™s distracting to be adjusting the volume as a viewer.

  16. John Stuart on August 22, 2020 at 4:06 am

    Great Video !
    I would recommend working on your curb appeal. It does wonders! That will make your house faster than you can imagine and add value to your home. After all, outside appearance matters. Take it very seriously. Hire a professional mobile pressure washing services for cleaning the curb like, make it green and flowery!
    Thank me later!

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  19. Johnny Casteel on August 22, 2020 at 4:10 am

    " living in arlington" LMFAO you nailed it!!!

  20. Michel Diaz on August 22, 2020 at 4:11 am

    Parking space ? Does that matter ? Does that add value ? I had a space where I could’ve added concrete and added an extra parking space instead I filled it up with sod ? Did I make a mistake is my appraisal gonna go down or not be as high as to if I had added concrete and had a possibility of parking another car ?

  21. Andrew Robinson on August 22, 2020 at 4:12 am

    what about adding a garage? high roi? or not worth it. anyoneโ€™s thoughts are welcome

  22. Andersonze on August 22, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Lmao grass to the knee

  23. Chris Kelley on August 22, 2020 at 4:14 am

    Dear god I thought he said โ€˜sageโ€™ instead of โ€˜stageโ€™ and I nearly shit myself

  24. Stephen Lacher on August 22, 2020 at 4:17 am

    Realtor beige has been 21st century upgraded to realtor gray.

  25. Decal03 on August 22, 2020 at 4:17 am

    You forgot tip number 8 don’t leave up any family picture. Buyers can be judgmental depending on who owns the home.

  26. yourgflikesit on August 22, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Boring video

  27. Kingsfan 92 on August 22, 2020 at 4:20 am

    My ENTIRE home is hardwood flooring (including the garage) except the bathrooms(tile). Is it odd to have all hardwood floors in a home? If so, should I just put carpet in the bedrooms?

  28. Stephen Lacher on August 22, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Brown egg shells are NOT organic, they are a function of the breed of chicken…city boy.

  29. l b on August 22, 2020 at 4:21 am

    At first, I thought you said to sage the house lol… ๐Ÿ˜†

  30. Stephen Lacher on August 22, 2020 at 4:26 am

    I had a ‘sick’ back plash before I remodeled…it was ‘beast’.

  31. Jaybiddy95 on August 22, 2020 at 4:26 am

    Roofing? Powerwash the garage if you work on cars

  32. Sireesha Tirupathi on August 22, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Loft space vs bedroom which has more resale value

  33. Dylan Browning on August 22, 2020 at 4:27 am

    Track lighting …yikes

  34. Magdalena Skupien on August 22, 2020 at 4:29 am

    A buyer needs furniture to visualize a room? But then they stand there and complain they don’t like the color of the couch or the designs on the area rug as if those were permanent fixtures ๐Ÿ™„

  35. Parker Ward Jr on August 22, 2020 at 4:30 am

    Wash your windows.

  36. Tim Higham on August 22, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Great video, great list!

  37. Svea Bryan on August 22, 2020 at 4:36 am

    Tap out our budget on unexpected repairs during our upgrades. I really wanted to replace our 1970โ€™s interior doors. Should I keep that plan or take a chance that it wonโ€™t matter?

  38. Michelle Duffrin on August 22, 2020 at 4:36 am

    So many good tips!!!!

  39. Amber Swartz on August 22, 2020 at 4:38 am

    Not bad tips, but these don’t apply to every house. Had the sellers updated the hardware in our house it would have looked awful. I love the old hardware, it matches the period of the house. Same with the light fixtures. The only important part of displaying them is to make sure you use the right bulbs.

    If you live in a home that matches a historical style, think twice before updating pieces of it to fit a modern style.

  40. Tofy the Bear on August 22, 2020 at 4:38 am

    Amazing Info! Quick Question! if you had 20k to work with, what are the top 5 areas you would invest to get better ROI on the house?

  41. Eric Downs on August 22, 2020 at 4:40 am

    These arent really increasing the property value but helping sell it..

  42. Ryan Murphy on August 22, 2020 at 4:41 am

    Was this video sponsored by Home Depot?

  43. cmscms123456 on August 22, 2020 at 4:42 am

    FREE STUFF YOU CAN DO, gets big results…
    1. DECLUTTER… get rid of stuff, garage sale, throw away, worst case get a moving storage container delivered and put half your stuff away in storage until after you move.
    2. MOVE THAT RV, tent trailer, or crappy cars… move them to storage or where ever CURB APPEAL… mow and edge lawn, TRIM TREES…
    3. Make sure all doors and windows operate properly, WD40 hinges and slides. CLEAN Windows and window tracks and trays.
    Under $1000…
    1. Touch up paint the entire house, paint the really bad looking rooms. pay attention to the base boards.
    2. Every block has an ugly house or two on it. Ask the owner/tenent if your gardener can mow and edge his front lawn.. for a few dollars more put some mulch and color flowers in. $2-300.. you will get every penny back. As you life the entire neighborhood.
    3. Hire a TRUSTED handyman, and WORK WITH HIM, SHOP WITH HIM… $2-500 can go a long way with a good handyman.

  44. Hold The Bacon on August 22, 2020 at 4:43 am

    Sexy kitchens absolutely sell your property! Curb appeal that doesn’t stop at the front of your house is a must! Great video! Staging is premium! My last house sold the first day it was on the market!

  45. Vicki Cox on August 22, 2020 at 4:45 am

    Wow, love you and your ideas!

  46. Krystle Cook on August 22, 2020 at 4:46 am

    Thanks for such a great video! I shared it on my blog here:
    It’d be great if you could share the blog post on your social media so we both get more viewsโค

  47. Ashley Tiede on August 22, 2020 at 4:47 am

    Save money on new flooring for your home at

  48. Kim En on August 22, 2020 at 4:48 am

    Got our new house in Texas and needs a lot of improvements in the kitchen which I was gonna do anyway because I love to be in my kitchen and had no idea this could raise the value of our house! Thankfully my father in law has a granite business and will be installing it for free at our new house! Yay! ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ณ๐Ÿ’ณ๐Ÿ’ฐ

  49. The Colvin Group on August 22, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Awesome tips man! We have 4 tips, too —

  50. Brandon Vinings on August 22, 2020 at 4:50 am

    I’m getting ready to sell my house. It does not have central heat and air. Would it be worth to spend 10k to 20 k to get central heat and air?

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