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Home & Garden

Budget-friendly upgrades that help you sell your home

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So you want to sell your home.

Of course, you want it to look good to get top dollar, but what if you don’t want to invest a lot of money in the process? Believe it or not, it is possible to make your house more attractive to buyers without breaking the bank.

In fact, according to This Old House, investing just several hundred dollars can generate thousands more in your pocket at sale time.

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms to a buyer, says Bankrate.com, which adds that just a few hundred dollars can get you an upgraded faucet, door handles, new lighting fixtures. For slightly more you can paint your outdated cabinets or invest in new doors.

The bathroom is another room a buyer really looks at. Replace frosted glass for clear glass, clean the grout, remove rust stains, apply fresh caulk, update doorknobs and cabinet pulls, replace faucets, and install a low-flush toilet. Buy a new toilet seat if yours is old, adds This Old House.

Invest in landscaping, which is one of the top three returns on your investment. Curb appeal is very important if you want to sell your home because the outside is the first thing a potential buyer sees. If you have no landscaping, get some. If your plants are overgrown and unruly, invest in a landscaper to trim them back, according to This Old House.

Basic maintenance is important if you want your house to sell. Fixing broken window panes and making sure windows open is as no-brainer. Insulation, plumbing, rain gutters, furnace and septic maintenance are also key. It’s also true that a coat of paint covers a multitude of sins. If your wall paint is chipping or still 90s mauve, it’s time to repaint. Use neutral colors.

ReMax Real Estate Concepts

120 N 2nd Avenue West

Newton, IA 50208

641.521.0302

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