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Selling? The 4 best home improvements to make

November 18, 2013
Whether you're going on the market in the spring or planning to list now in the fall, condition will have a big impact on getting a quick offer. Here are four areas of improvement that can make the biggest difference:

1. Kitchen: To have a completely updated kitchen would be best, but if you don't have the budget or enough equity to allow for that expense, there are things that will help. Old and "well used" cabinets can be painted and new knobs added. If you don't have too much countertop space, upgrading to granite could be fairly inexpensive and tile backsplash is a do-it-yourself project that is downright affordable.

2. Master bath: Get rid of the gold trim. New light fixtures, faucets and vanity knobs don't have to be pricey.

Of course, if you can afford to put granite vanity tops in, great, but painting the beat up cabinets goes a long way. There are a ton of affordable tile options out there and please — no carpet in the bath.

3. Paint: I don't need to say much here except that crisp and sharp makes a great first impression.

If you paint the entire interior, you don't need to have the same color throughout your home, but choose neutral colors. Fresh paint conveys updated and maintained.

4. Flooring: New carpet is cheap and easy. Depending on your price point, there are plenty of engineered hardwood options at prices close to carpet cost.

Updated floor covering takes a big negative off the list if buyers don't need to tackle it themselves.

Bob Strader is a local realtor with the NORTH Group of Keller Williams Realty. Visit his blogs or or email him:
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