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These Are The Easy Home Repairs You Should Do Before Listing Your Home

Once you’ve decided to sell your home, what’s next? Should you make repairs and consider upgrades, or should you skip the to-do list and discount your house accordingly, letting the new owners make any needed repairs?

As a rule of thumb, large-scale renovations won’t yield a high enough return on the value of your house. But smaller, inexpensive, easy-to-do repairs can help you sell your home faster and for more money—without sweating the details. These home repairs can increase the value of your home while decreasing angst about what you need do to make the most profit.

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Being Mindful Of Maintenance

Keep in mind that potential buyers most likely won’t want to take on a large unexpected expense right off the bat. Consider updating your old HVAC system, replacing the roof, or getting rid of sagging siding. Home buyers tend to want a move-in ready home; if your house is in need of costly maintenance, you could be limiting your pool of potential buyers.

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Making Cosmetic Changes

Don’t underestimate the impact of cosmetic repairs to your home because they usually yield a significant bang for the buck. Start by decluttering and organizing your space, which will not only lessen your workload when moving day arrives but also make the rooms in your home appear bigger to potential buyers. Consider replacing old carpeting and flooring if you can do so economically. Painting a room (or rooms) a new, inviting color can make your home seem fresh and welcoming instead of tired and worn.

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Updating The Bathroom

Home buyers look carefully at kitchens and bathrooms, so if your bathroom needs updating, determine which small updates will have the most impact. Look at changing outdated door hardware, replacing less-than-lovely linoleum, and adding new light fixtures. If the shower tile is showing its age (flamingo pink is definitely passé), consider replacing the countertop of the same hue so as to make the consolidation of color less of an eyesore.

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Improving Curb Appeal

You only get one shot to make a first impression—the same thinking applies to your home. Potential buyers see the exterior of your home first, and you’ll want to make it love at first sight. Pay particular attention to the sidewalk and front entryway leading up to your home, and trim overgrown shrubbery so that your house doesn’t look neglected. Power washing your driveway and entrance path can eliminate mildew and unsightly stains on concrete. Fill any outdoor pots or window boxes with fresh blooms or seasonal decorations.