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Are you considering putting your home up for sale? If you’ve spent any time with a realtor or, gulp, watched any reality home design shows, you know how important it is that your house looks nice.

Like first impressions, your house’s curb appeal matters. That’s because the way your home looks may have an impact on how much buyers are willing to offer. So instead of looking to HGTV for cues, take a few minutes to read how you can boost your home’s resale value.

  1. Add a Little Spice to Your Kitchen
    This might be the age of microwave meals and drive-thrus, but your kitchen is still one of the first places prospective buyers check when they tour your home. If it looks seriously outdated or cluttered, they might not even check out the rest of the house. Here are a few quick pick-me-ups:

    • Invest in energy-efficient lighting fixtures. They help modernize your kitchen and they look nice, too.
    • Take the time to clean your kitchen and really make it pop—it’ll help impress both guests and buyers.
    • While it may cost a bit to install, new faucets and cabinet door handles can really boost the look of your kitchen.
  2. Keep Your Bathroom Nice ‘n’ Tidy
    Next to the kitchen, your bathroom is one of the most important spots in the house, and buyers know this. For that reason, you need this space to look updated and pleasant.

    • Simple improvements like a new toilet seat are easy to install and help boost your home’s value.
    • Applying a new coat of paint in a neutral or light color can help add a new, updated look.
    • If any tiles are chipped or broken, replace them. After the toilet and sink,  most buyers check the tiling.
  3. Don’t Forget to Mow the Lawn
    Your lawn is the gateway to your home. It’s the first thing potential buyers see and, therefore, sets the stage for their entire home-buying process. Because of this, it’s important to make sure your front yard is nice and tidy.

    • Most lawn care experts say that keeping your grass at a healthy 2 inches will help it stay green.
    • Cutting your grass too short can damage the leaves and leaving it too long welcomes weeds and small critters.
    • Take care of your lawn by keeping it watered and weeded. A clean lawn equals a healthy lawn.
  4. Add a Few Finishing Touches
    You’d be amazed at how changing just a few seemingly unimportant aspects of a room can alter the entire look of the place. Try these quick and inexpensive fixes:

    • Buy new lampshades to give your lights a facelift without having to replace them.
    • Never underestimate the appeal of pillows and throws. Casually placed, they can pull the look of a room together.
    • Plant flowers or buy some hanging baskets that bring life and color to your property.

Have you recently gone through the buying/selling process? Leave a comment and let us know how it turned out.

 

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