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Inexpensive Fixes for Your Home

Aug 12, 2008
Ironically, we always seem to get our homes in the best possible shape right before we go ahead and sell them. If you are thinking about selling, improvements can make the deal go down. Here are some low cost options.

Many people are afraid to even consider sprucing up their homes for fear that their bank account will be emptied within a matter of weeks. Well, this does not have to be the case if you just pay attention to a few key things. To begin, the first point of contention is always the yard.

Curb appeal is critical if you want to sell your home. This means it needs to look good when buyers pull up to the home. Remove litter, dead bushes, boats, toys, and any other clutter around the front of the home.

Never underestimate the value of good landscaping. Real estate investors often by apartments that are bland, spruce up the landscaping and then resell the property for big profits. You should be focusing on the same thing with your home.

Almost instantly, your home will look better creating that desired curb appeal. Next, go around your home looking for things that really stick out. It is far better to spend your money on those things that can be seen rather than those things that may go unnoticed.

Next, fix any problem areas. For example, take an objective look at the faucets in the home. Do they leak? If so, you can spend under a dollar on washers for the faucet and make a big upgrade.

Study after study has shown that buyers want to see things that have been updated. This means that you might have updated the sewage system, but most buyers will not care all that much. However, they will care about an updated bathroom. In short, all updates need to be visual.

It can be easy to lose the forest for the trees when working on your home. If this happens to you, step back and consider your home as though you were a buyer. Problems should stick out. Fix them.
About the Author
Hal James is with FSBOAmerica.org, where you can view or sell real estate online.
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