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Boost your home’s value with four basic tips

Whether you’re planning to sell your home next month or next year, start taking action to position you home to sell at top dollar. Here are some tips for improving spaces and attracting buyers.

Create an inviting kitchen

kitchen remodelFor many homeowners, the kitchen is the family gathering spot, a hub for guests when you’re entertaining, and homework central for the kids. A warm, welcoming kitchen is essential to home buyers, so make sure your kitchen ticks all the boxes.

Consider updating old cabinets, lighting and faucet. If your appliances are dated or not working well, shop for high end replacements at sales and discount stores–appliances are key to impressing would-be buyers.

Make sure the bath measures up

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 12.16.13 AMYour bathroom can make or break your home’s sale.  You don’t necessarily need to make major improvements if your bath is underwhelming; small cosmetic changes can make a huge difference. Replace dated fixtures, install a shiny new toilet (or just the seat) if the old one looks, well, old, and replace old wallpaper with a fresh coat of paint in a complementary color.

If you’re very ambitious and your bathroom needs more than a light once over, consider replacing or re-grouting tile and replace an old, beaten vanity with a new one.

Go all out on curb appeal

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 12.12.18 AMThe moment potential buyers pull up to your home, first impressions are established. If the lawn, garden, walkways and porch aren’t inviting, they may choose not to bother touring the inside. You want the kind of curb appeal that makes buyers wish they lived here!

Brighten dark spaces

Screen Shot 2015-02-04 at 12.27.56 AMBad lighting fixtures can kill a home sale before it even begins. Replace old chandeliers, dated sconces and track lighting installed in the 1980s. Increase the light in dark rooms, either by opening drapes or adding brighter lighting–light makes dark rooms seem larger and more open.


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