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4 cost-effective upgrades that increase home values

The housing market is about to open up to sellers in a big way. According to experts, changes in the tax plan under the Trump Administration mean it is getting costlier to own a home in certain areas. Many homeowners are moving to more affordable regions, downsizing or even renting for a time.

A lot of people are getting ready to sell, even though we saw a bit of a slump in the beginning of the year.

You can aid with selling your home by making simple and effective updates that will increase the value of your house before putting it on the market. Upping that curbside appeal doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive.

Here are some tips to offer clients to boost the value of their home before selling:

1. Spruce up that paint job

A house for sale should look fresh, bright and trendy from the inside-out. So sprucing up that paint is an excellent idea that will add some immediate curb appeal for those driving past.

Even just touching up the outside trim or giving the inside baseboards a new coat of paint can make a big difference during an open house event.

Although hiring someone to come in and paint can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000 depending on the size of a house, you can do it yourself for a fraction of the cost.

You can find affordable paints from any hardware store, and YouTube is full of tutorials showing how to prep and paint both the interior and exterior of a house.

For ideas on good color schemes or design ideas, Pinterest is an excellent source of inspiration.

2. Modernize the kitchen

Do you have a small or out-of-date kitchen? This is one of the most important rooms potential buyers look at when choosing a house because it’s an area of the home where convenience and functionality are paramount.

Making some modern updates in the kitchen will tremendously increase the interest in a your house.

Consider painting the kitchen or adding new tiling. You can do this yourself and can completely renovate the look of a space, especially for a small kitchen.

Think about updating the cabinets, and make sure they are space functional. Put in space-saving convenience appliances, such as wall-mounted microwaves.

Even just adding a new back-splash over the oven can add a new look to an older kitchen.

3. Upgrade bathrooms

Bathrooms are another functional room where little additions or updates make a huge difference.

For example, bathrooms can be made more eco-friendly and cost efficient by replacing fixtures with low-flow versions that let less water out when turned on. You can even choose more aesthetically pleasing faucets, as well.

Re-evaluate your bathroom features, and remember that shower heads are cheap and easy to replace, and lighting fixtures can be installed for a more pleasant lighting scheme.

Plus, wallpaper or paint can be changed, and bathroom tiles can be replaced with something easier to clean and more attractive.

If are able to go for something a bit more labor intensive, toilets can be replaced for less than expected. There are models that offer both comfort and function, which potential buyers will appreciate.

4. Get that yard into shape

Landscaping is one of the best things a home seller can do to get the right kind of attention once that for sale sign goes up. After all, it’s what potential buyers see the second they look at a home, and it can go a long way toward catching their eye.

Trim trees and bushes, keep the lawn nicely manicured or remove it and put in an alternative option, such as a rock garden.

Plant some flowers or other plants. Keep those climbing plants in top form. Do whatever you feel is best to get your house looking buyer friendly from the outside.

Selling a home can be an incredibly stressful undertaking. But with a few inexpensive enhancements, you can improve the chances of your house going fast, which saves everyone time, money and agitation.

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