Home & Garden Architecture

How to Improve Your Home Before Selling

    • 1). Focus on your kitchen first, replacing cabinets, appliances and counter tops. When it comes to selling your home, the kitchen is the most important feature to potential home buyers. Consider replacing your appliances (stainless steel are usually the most in demand) and redoing counter tops and cabinetry. If you're ambitious and handy, DIY and home improvement books can take you through the process. Otherwise, check sites such as ServiceMagic.com to find reliable contractors in your area who can renovate your kitchen.

    • 2). Remodel bathrooms as necessary with updated showers/bath tubs, cabinets and counter tops. You'll get the most return from updating the shower and bath. A larger whirlpool tub and/or a spacious steam or multiple-jet shower can increase home value. Also, double sinks are a plus. If you don't have a lot to spend on the bathroom, replacing cabinets and counter tops can give the room a face lift.

    • 3). Replace floors as needed. Natural materials such as hardwoods and stone floors are popular, but if you cannot afford to replace carpet with wood or tile flooring, you may want to install new carpeting. Get something that doesn't show dirt.

    • 4). Give your house a spackle and paint job. A fresh new coat of paint throughout the house and possibly even on the exterior can make a big difference when it comes to selling your home. Other small things that can help your home's appeal are a little bit of landscaping and closet makeovers.

    • 5). Stage your house to help it sell. The decor and furniture in your house matter when you are trying to sell. Modern, simple decor with simple accents like plants and flowers can do more than you might expect to help sell your home. On the contrary, overly personal, cluttered and mismatched decor can be to your detriment.

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