Avoid Over-Improvement and Mazimize Your Budget

HomeBay, and online real estate service recommends you look at the neighborhood first for guidance. Unless most homes in your area have high-end interior finishes or lavish gardens, spending time and money on expensive improvements can actually make your home harder to sell and price you out of the market.

Rather than going with a big project that may or may not pay you back, look to some of these simple, affordable fixes. According to the pros at the DIY Network, these worthwhile projects will add to the resale value of your home:

Interior:

Refresh plumbing by replacing old, clogged, or leaking pipes and faucets
Clean or add fresh grout around sinks, tubs, fixtures, and tiled areas
Re-seal windows, doors, and around the baseboards of your home
Add fresh insulation within attic spaces
Replace non-working lighting, electrical outlets, food disposals and ceiling fans
Repair wall holes, remove wallpaper and give each room a fresh coat of paint
Tend to broken door locks and address any latching or sticking issues
Refresh or replace chipped, scratched, or damaged countertops

External Upgrades:

Potential buyers get their first impressions from the exterior of your home, so you should prioritize tidying up your landscaping. However, adding a sprinkler system, outdoor pool, deck, or ornate lawn adornments likely won’t work in you or your budget’s favor. Keeping your outdoor space clean and simple is your best bet to impress potential buyers and appraisers.

Here’s a list of quick-fixes to focus on:

Replace any broken window panes
Touch up any peeling painted surfaces
Invest in necessary roofing or gutter repairs
Caulk around the foundation of your home
Remove any ‘junk’ or unsightly items laying around outdoors
Thoroughly clean any decks, fountains, or patio areas
Keeping your lawn neatly groomed
Repairing any broken heads on sprinkler systems
Paint or replace your front door
Paint or replace your old mailbox
Power wash the driveway and siding
Add a few seasonal flowers to spruce the yard

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