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First things first

It doesn't make a lot of sense to add ornamental flowers if your lawn is yellow and dead. A new door knocker won't do much if your home's paint is chipped and falling off. Taking a nice long look at your house will make it clear what project you should tackle first.  


How to Increase Your Home's Value

Increasing Your Home's Value

Like most Americans, your home is probably your single largest investment. While the value of your home is largely determined by such things as location, size, condition and amenities, there are still steps you can take to maximize its worth.

First, you need to evaluate your plans carefully if you're improving your home to put it on the market. Cutting corners could hurt rather than help your prospects, but you don't want to go overboard either. Your home's value should be no more than 20% above the average. That means a $10,000 kitchen improvement project might be a better idea than a $10,000 hot tub, especially if no other homes in your area have hot tubs.

In other words, it's best to keep changes simple.

Seller Tips


KITCHEN

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

BEST-BET 

EXTRA PAINTING

EXTRA BATHROOM

AREA CONVERSIONS


REMOVE THE CLUTTER

It doesn't make a lot of sense to add ornamental flowers if your lawn is yellow and dead. A new door knocker won't do much if your home's paint is chipped and falling off. Taking a nice long look at your house will make it clear what project you should tackle first.  
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Quick Home Improvements


Outside:

  • Sweep all walkways and sidewalks.
  • Remove newspapers, bikes and toys.
  • Park extra cars away from the property.
  • Trim back the shrubs.
  • Clean windows and window coverings.
  • Keep pet areas clean.
  • Make sure roof and gutters are in good condition.
  • Mow the lawn more frequently and plant flowers.

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Inside: 

  • Kitchen and bathroom should shine.
  • Put dishes away.
  • Clean and/or vacuum carpets and rugs.
  • Place fresh flowers in the main rooms.
  • Make beds and put all clothes away.
  • Open drapes and turn on lights for a brighter feel.
  • ​Straighten closets.


Try Looking at your House from someone else's shoes. There are lots of ways to add curb appeal to your home and sometimes the list of suggestions on how to do so can be overwhelming. Try standing at the end of the driveway or even across the street. Ask yourself: What would my neighbors notice about my house?  You might even want to take a few pictures of your home's exterior and send them to a friend or relative.  They might be able to see things that you wouldn't.

NEW WINDOWS

SWIMMING POOL

TRIVIA BLOCK

DECK

PICTURE-PERFECT GARDENS

BASIC IS BETTER

SELLING IT OR SMELLING IT?


 Americans spend billions of dollars on construction and home remodeling each year. Many homeowners have discovered that improving their present residence with an updated kitchen, an additional bathroom, new windows, or a new roof can be a more prudent investment than purchasing a new residence. However, adding a room or updating a kitchen can cost more than a new car, and consumers should take some time and care in planning a costly home improvement project. Unfortunately, most consumers spend less time choosing a contractor than they do choosing a car. Here is a checklist of important things to consider before starting any major construction project:


​Do's and Don'ts for choosing the right contractor