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Home Improvement - Know When to Stop Remodeling

Aug 10, 2008
Did you know that some remodeling is too much remodeling? If you are trying to sell your home, spending thousands of dollars fixing it up may not be such a good idea. Do you know when to stop? If not, this article will help to clear things up a bit.

The way we live in homes is much different then their designs. How often do you hang out in your living room? Rarely. How about the kitchen? All the time! Guess which area should be remodeled? Yep, the kitchen because it is a focal point of the home.

That said, if you are going to put top of the line appliances inside of a home that is not worth that much money, don?t expect to snag a lot of buyers. Most buyers will know the value of the home prior to stepping into it, which means that they will not spend more for an updated kitchen.

If you are going to begin remodeling, make sure to stick with designs and colors that many people will find appealing. While you may think that a lime green kitchen is divine, others will not share this opinion. Try to select neutral tones, classic styles, and clean designs.

This theme can be carried through to the issue of expanding when remodelling. Making a small bathroom bigger is a good move. Adding a waterfall to it is probably not unless the home is in a high end community where it would be acceptable.

Use paints to brighten up rooms, clean the home thoroughly, fix those parts that are hanging and loose, and pay careful attention to the kitchen and bathroom in order to attract buyers? attention. These are the things that will really make your home stand out from the rest, so skip those elaborate steps.

I think it is again important to mention personal taste. Whatever you do to the home, make sure the improvement is within established norms. Odd designs and color combinations are hard to sell. You do not want to have to redesign the home twice.

Homes are great investments. Yes, even in this horrific real estate market. If you can ride it out, you will be a happy homeowner in a few years. Just make sure you focus your remodeling efforts on things that will return a hefty profit when you eventually sell.
About the Author
Hal James writes about how to sell homes for sale by owner at FSBOAmerica.org.
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