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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Inexpensive fixes that can help boost home value


Whether you're looking to sell your home and want to make a little extra money or just want to remodel without it costing a fortune, we've got a few good strategies for you to consider.   Please note that actual cost can range but depending on your home's current condition and overall real estate market values in your region of the country.


1. Spice Up The "Heart of Your Home"

Everyone knows that the kitchen is considered the heart of the home.  Not to mention that potential home buyers always jot to the kitchen first when viewing a home for sale.  Making sure the kitchen looks clean and reasonably updated can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of the home.

For a smaller budget you can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles, and update old light fixtures with something brighter and energy efficient

For a just a little more you can give the cabinets a nice face lift.  Rather than spring for a whole new cabinet system that can be thousands of dollars, a cabinet refacing company can do it for a fraction of the cost.

If you're not handy, finding a friend or family member that can help you with some of the labor is always a smart way to start.

2. If You Can't Replace Your Appliances, Give Them A Face Lift

You would be surprised how interchangeable the doors and face panels on appliances are to switch in and out.    Dishwasher panels are one of the easiest fixes.  Most consumers don't know this but a lot of the time dishwasher panels are white on one side and black on the other.  With the touch of a couple screws it can be flipped over for a whole new look.

3.  Brighten The Bathrooms

Right after the kitchen, bathrooms are often one of the most important parts to keep updated in a home which can also be done with a small amount of cash.  Starting with a new toilet seat cover or faucet for the sink can make a big difference  in the look of the bath.

If your floors are older or starting become discolored, this should be the next important piece to fix.  A lot of stores can set you up with easy-to-install vinyl tiles or sheets.  You may not even need to remove the old floor and can install the new floor right over the old one.

Showers can become very costly to replace but re-grouting the tile or replacing any chipped tiles can make your shower look like new again.

4. Soup Up Your Storage

One downfall of buying an older home is lack of closet space.  A lot of the times a closet can be fixed up with a little do-it-yourself shelving but getting design help from a home improvement store can also be a quick and not highly expensive fix.

Overall, your closets will be more functional while you're living in the house and will make your home more appealing to potential home buyers when getting ready to sell.

5. Evaluate Your Flooring

Carpet is another element that can quickly update a home and make it appear cleaner.  It is also one of the first things to go if not properly cleaned and maintained.  Professional carpet cleaning is very affordable and a few area rugs on heavier traffic areas can make the room really come together.

6. Don't Forget About Curb Appeal

A mowed lawn and swept walkway might seem obvious, but adding a few nicely placed shrubs or flowers help to make a great first impression.

If you don't have a sense of design when it comes to landscaping, consider hiring a landscaper to install some new sod or plant a few shrubs.  These kinds of changes can instantly change potential home buyer's perception of your home while increasing the value.

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