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If you’re like most people, your home is the biggest financial investment you’ll ever make. Even small improvements to your home can equal big returns later when you are ready to sell.

Here are a few easy and (mostly) inexpensive ways to increase your home’s value and improve its marketability, whether you are looking to sell next week, next month or next year:

1. BathroomRemodeling is a great way to increase your home’s value, but chances are you do not have the time or money to remodel every room of your home. If you are going to remodel only one room in your house, the outdated bathroom is a good choice. And if you can’t completely remodel your bathroom, there are still small changes you can make on a small budget. Minor updates like getting new light fixtures, stripping old wallpaper and replacing your shower curtain can dramatically improve your bathroom’s overall appeal.

2. Go for Green. Energy efficiency is one thing that will never go out of style. Younger buyers are increasingly attracted to homes that are environmentally friendly and all buyers are intrigued by the prospect of low home energy bills. There are many ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency, including programmable thermostats and water-saving faucets.

If you aren’t planning to move for a while, you may want to plant a few tall trees in your yard. The shade provided by trees can actually decrease your home’s cooling costs by as much as 40% and can also help improve your home’s overall curb appeal. If you are in more of a hurry to sell, you can instantly improve your home’s energy efficiency by swapping your old windows for heat-trapping windows.

3. Kitchen. Right after your bathroom, your kitchen is the next most important room you can update. It is particularly important to make sure your cabinets look clean and polished, since they can strongly impact a buyer’s perception of the entire room. If you have a larger budget, consider replacing old cabinets with new ones. And if you are working on a smaller budget, a fresh coat of paint on your cabinets can make a world of difference.

4. Landscape. You’ve probably heard it before, but the curb appeal of your home is hugely important. If new buyers notice that your yard has been ignored, they may assume there are other aspects of your home that have been neglected. This might cause them to lose confidence in the value of your home.

5. Lighten Up. Good lighting in your home can make a big difference. It is especially important to invest in bright lights for smaller rooms in your home; bright lighting can make small rooms look more spacious. If you want to avoid a higher energy bill, a sun tube (a hole in your ceiling that funnels in natural light) can be a great way to brighten up a room without adding to your home energy costs.

Source:   Written by Stacey Waxman


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How to Keep Your Home Remodeling Budget in Check

Whether individuals are planning on putting up their house for sale or are simply trying to make it more comfortable and modern, home remodels can be a large undertaking. To help make costs more manageable, most homeowners develop a budget that allows them to make their homes more beautiful without going into debt. It’s easy to stray away from a remodeling budget and wind up spending more than initially planned. To avoid financial setbacks, individuals should familiarize themselves with the most common mistakes and the best ways to avoid them.

Failing to comparison shop

Visiting the nearest home improvement store or furniture factory is certainly one of the most convenient and time-effective ways to begin a remodel project. However, it may not be the most affordable. Remodels can be expensive, depending on the type of update, the materials being used and the size of the home. For this reason, shopping around and examining different types of materials can help save owners between hundreds or thousands of dollars.

Owners should also not hesitate to look at large warehouses and outlets that may have the same materials they are looking for at a more affordable price. Lastly, individuals should speak with a professional about the quality, durability and shelf-life of various materials before making a decision on which to use. They may initially feel like they are getting a top-quality, durable product, but find that another material is actually stronger and more affordable.

Hiring the cheapest contractor

Most homeowners want to save money on contractor costs, but hiring the contractor that offers the cheapest rates without doing background research can backfire. Homeowners should ask for references, examine a contractor’s background and speak with several potential contracting companies before making a decision. This can help owners avoid hiring a professional that does poor work and being forced to pay more to have the job corrected. Learn more about finding the right contractor.

Splurging on new furniture

Replacing furniture after remodeling a room can be as costly as the remodel itself. However, there are other options to giving a room a fresh look that don’t involve tossing old furniture. If owners like the size and shape of their current couches and chairs, it can be more cost-effective to have them reupholstered with new materials. Consumers can also save money by selling items they plan to toss at a yard sale, and using the proceeds to purchase new items, MSN Real Estate reports.

Source: Coldwell Banker LLC

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