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Nov
2012
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For sellers

3 smart improvements to sell your home

Looking for ways to boost your home’s salability? Focus on these homebuyer hot-buttons!

1. Bathrooms: Bathroom remodels can often increase your home’s resale value. Consider replacing outdated tubs, sinks, vanities, fixtures and flooring. Even basic maintenance tasks like re-caulking the tub, replacing old shower doors and applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls may make a difference. A few stylish touches like plush new towels and bathmats can help too.

2. Kitchen: Many times, the heart of the home can be the heart of a sale. Make sure countertops and flooring are in good shape. New cabinets are a great way to give the whole room a lift. If you’re on a strict budget and can’t afford to replace old wood cabinetry, you can sand and paint them for a fresh update. Other things to consider that may appeal to buyers: stainless-steel appliances and window treatments. Need some inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board, dedicated to the dream kitchens we love »

Attractive front porch

3. Exterior: It’s just like the old saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Curb appeal should be a top consideration because it’s the first thing potential buyers will notice. Make sure the lawn is in good shape and consider planting flowers or a tree. Keep your porch and patio swept clean, and your outdoor furniture in good condition. Even if your home is in good shape, there are still many things you can do to help make it more attractive to buyers. Start with a clean slate: scrub the walls, clean the carpets, wash the windows and shine hardwood floors. Repair anything that’s broken—no matter how minor—so it doesn’t discourage potential buyers. Need a fresh coat of paint? Check out our article about choosing interior paint colors for resale success »

As a finishing touch, stage rooms to show off their true potential. You can hire a professional to help, or try it on your own. Get a storage unit and clear out excessive clutter and personal belongings. Display furniture and décor in a way that makes the rooms feel inviting and warm while maximizing space. For more home staging tips, read about how the 5 senses can help you sell your home »