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Home Updates that Pay Off

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Everyone wants top dollar for their old home before moving into their attractive, spacious Landmark 24 home. Sprucing up that old home to get multiple offers from excited buyers does not have to be expensive or hard to do. Some updates are going to mean more to prospective buyers than others. Here are some tips to ready your home for the bidding wars that are sure to come.

Declutter Throughout the Home

This is often overlooked by home sellers, perhaps because it costs nothing, but if you remove every piece of clutter throughout your home, prospective buyers will see your home as more spacious. Take every item off kitchen counters except things most people use every day such as a toaster and a coffee maker. Remove all items from table tops except necessary lighting or TV sets. Extra stuff on counters and table tops makes it look like the home is lacking in storage space. Remove family photos from desks and the refrigerator, as well as any other personalized items that reflect who you are as a family. Buyers should be envisioning their family in the home, not yours.

Also remove or rearrange furniture in every room to enhance the sense of space. If necessary, Rent a storage unit to store not only the furniture, but any decorative items you cherish and will want in your new home. Give everything else away, take it to your local consignment shop or donate it to a marketplace in town.

Kitchen

Minor updates that refresh the kitchen are the best ways to enhance the value of the home. A fresh coat of neutral paint is always worth the money and time spent. So is updating cabinetry. Usually all one has to do to the cabinets is paint them or replace doors if need be and change out the hardware. If fixtures, like the lighting and faucets look well-used or out of the date, it’s a quick fix to replace them. If the appliances are dragging down the look of the kitchen, replace those, too. True, this is can be an expensive undertaking, but the proven return on investment is well worth it when selling a home.

Bathrooms

There is no doubt that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, so let’s turn to some easy bathroom remodels.  Here again, a fresh, crisp coat of paint in a neutral color brings huge results to a small space like a bathroom. Replace the finishes like towel racks, faucets, shower heads and shower doors with up-to-date models.

The bathrooms are probably due for some fresh caulk and with the caulking materials cheap and available at home improvement stores, this is an easy fix.

Curb Appeal

The exterior of the home is the buyer’s first impression and it will be a lasting one, so this is another important upgrade to any home. A big, but easy change is the color of the front door. An old, dingy door makes the whole structure look old and dingy. Brighten up the front of the house by painting the front door an attractive, vibrant shade that goes well with the color of the house but still stands out.

The maintenance of both the exterior of the home and the landscaping must be pristine. Buyers appreciate a well-maintained home – it tells them there will be few, if any, repairs required to the house while they are living in it. Take a long, unbiased look at the exterior of the house and fix or replace any of these that point to maintenance issues or are just plain unattractive.

  • Windows
  • Gutters
  • Drab landscaping
  • Landscaping in need of maintenance
  • Crumbling walkways, walls or driveways
  • Awnings
  • Exterior paint
  • Siding

These minor remodels are inexpensive and will reap untold rewards when you sell your house. Enjoy your new Landmark 24 home and the friendly, fun community that awaits you and your family.

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