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Home Improvements to Sell Your Home

Fixing up your home can not only help it sell faster, it can boost the final sales price. Some improvements are simple and can be done in a weekend or even a few hours in the evening. You don’t even need to hire a professional. Others may require the expertise of a licensed, insured contractor, while a few take nothing more than a trip to your local appliance or home improvement store.

Boost The Curb Appeal

First impressions matter, so sprucing up the exterior of your home not only gets potential buyers’ attention, it can get them in the door. And it can boost the sales price. Planting flowers, trimming shrubs, adding a fresh layer of mulch and keeping the lawn mowed are simple and inexpensive steps. Replacing damaged, or otherwise unsightly, garage doors actually helps a home sell faster, too, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Attractive landscaping for listing properties

Fresh Paint

So can putting a fresh coat of paint on shutters, doors and window trim. Once potential buyers are inside, wow them with new paint on interior walls, doors and trim. Few things turn off home shoppers more than dirty trim, damaged walls and other unsightly blemishes. It is an easy, inexpensive improvement that can increase the value of your home that you can do yourself.

Fresh paint for a house being applied with a roller

Update the Kitchen

According to Consumer Reports, the kitchen can either make or break the buying decision for many home buyers. You don’t necessarily need to gut the kitchen down to the studs and start over, although the National Association of Realtors says full kitchen remodels have one of the highest returns of all large remodeling projects. If you don’t want to spend the money necessary to remodel the kitchen, consider updating appliances and installing new countertops. New flooring can help, too. So can a fresh coat of paint on cabinets.

Updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances and attractive countertops

Not So Glamorous, But Worth It

Striking visual improvements make good impressions, but things buyers don’t see right away can increase your home’s value. According to Consumer Reports, creating a more energy-efficient home can nudge buyers to make an offer. A new heat pump, LED lighting and even a more efficient water heater can all result in a higher sales price. Better windows that are not only more energy-efficient, but that also look nicer, can be worthwhile expenses, too.

LED light bulb for energy efficiency in a home

Get Advice for Your Market

While all of these home improvement ideas are great at adding value to your home, it’s always best to have a local real estate agent give you specific advice if you are looking to update and then sell your home. Specific markets may place different value on certain upgrades and a local agent can help guide you through the best way to spend your home improvement budget.

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