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Getting a home ready for sale

Getting a home ready for sale

 August 12, 2011
  
A recent RISMedia article highlights five relatively inexpensive home improvement projects to undertake before listing a home for sale. While doing these projects may take some time and money, they can help sell a home quicker and at a higher price than neglecting to do so.
 
Garage doors
 
RISMedia notes that many homeowners overlook their garage doors when getting their home ready for sale. Garage doors often make up a large percentage of a home's front or side, and they're often one of the first features potential home buyers notice when pulling into the driveway.
 
If a garage door is not in good condition, RISMedia recommends replacing it, although repainting is a good option for doors that just need a little sprucing up. The National Association of Realtors also recommends keeping the garage door closed during showings.
 
Home fixtures
 
RISMedia recommends considering replacing outdated or worn lighting, plumbing and hardware fixtures. People can change the entire look of a bathroom or kitchen by simply replacing the lighting and plumbing fixtures.
 
The floors
 
For homeowners with hardwood floors, RISMedia says that it's worth it to have them refinished. Potential buyers often put a lot of value on hardwood flooring, and it's easy to get more money from a sale by having the floors refurbished.
 
RISMedia also recommends washing and shampooing all the carpets around the home. If any carpeting is stained beyond remedy or worn, replacement is the best option. It isn't necessary to spend lots of money on an expensive new carpet, states RISMedia, but an inexpensive, neutral-colored carpet looks much better to potential buyers than a ratty old one.
 
The windows
 
According to RISMedia, old windows make a home look much more aged.  Upgrading old windows around the house isn't usually cheap, but it can greatly increase the perceived value as seen by potential buyers. 
 
RISMedia notes that first-time home buyers have never had to replace windows before and will often grossly overestimate the cost of doing so, and many buyers will view having to replace windows as a time consuming annoyance.
 
The National Association of Realtors also notes the importance of inspecting windows for peeling paint and replacing broken or cracked woodwork, moldings and windows.
 
Taking care of the trim
 
While it's usually best to repaint the entire home before putting it up for sale, RISMedia states that if there simply isn't enough time or money to do so, repainting the trim can have a profound impact on a home's curb appeal. Repainting the interior trim is just as important, and RISMedia notes that homes with freshly-painted trim look fresher. 
 

 

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