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If you’re considering selling your home, most likely you’ve heard some of the crucial elements to a successful sale: proper staging, proper pricing, and curb appeal. Below, Mary Lynn Stone, President of Century 21 New Millennium lets us in on several things that can add instant value to your home.

Landscaping. Bring in a professional or DIY. However, avoid going over-board. “While a nice looking yard will add value, a high maintenance garden may put off any potential buyers who lack a green thumb,” warns Stone.

A usable garage. You might assume it’s okay to leave junk in your garage when showing your home. It is, after all, a garage. However, cleaning out your garage and highlighting it as a fully usable space (for cars, storage, or a workshop) is an asset to buyers. “Allow them to imagine how they will use the space themselves – don’t show them where last season’s lawn furniture is hibernating,” says Stone.

Add more closets. If you have a small renovation budget, add extra closets and storage spaces wherever possible. Can you find room for a walk-in closet in the master bedroom? That’s a huge draw for many buyers.

Back yard large deck with red umbrella and chairs.Create outdoor living spaces. “Whether it’s just a nook you’ve carved in the garden, or a full-on patio with a pool, outdoor living spaces are always popular,” notes Stone. If you’re on a budget, you don’t have to go overboard. Simply cluster together some lawn furniture, set up a table by the grill, and you have a great space for summer entertaining.

Refinish the basement. The more usable living space, the better. If your basement is unfinished, and you have the budget, making it a livable space can be a huge bonus when it comes to listing your home. “You can do it minimally, by finishing the flooring and painting the walls, or go all out and create a game room or even an in-law suite,” recommends Stone. A home office or extra bedrooms are always a boon for your listing.

For more information on selling your home, please contact Century 21 New Millennium at, 800-382-1101, or Century 21 New Millennium.

About CENTURY 21® New Millennium CENTURY 21 New Millennium,, is a full service real estate brokerage company specializing in residential and luxury properties. In addition to the Capitol Hill location in Washington, D.C., the Virginia locations are in Alexandria, Centreville, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Gainesville, Loudoun, McLean, Stafford, and Woodbridge. The Maryland offices are located in Annapolis, Columbia, La Plata, Lexington Park, Lusby, Prince Frederick and Waldorf. Its core services include: mortgage financing, investing, settlement, property management, property insurance, global relocation assistance, and commercial real estate.