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Q: How Can You Improve Your Home to Get Top Dollar?

Tuesday, September 29, 2020   /   by John Salkowski

Q: How Can You Improve Your Home to Get Top Dollar?

Some areas are more important than others when prepping your home for the market. 

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If you’re looking to upgrade your home so it sells for top dollar after you list it, here are five areas to focus on:

1. Curb appeal. When a potential buyer drives up to your home, their first impression of it happens from the outside. What do your landscaping, trees, front door, siding, etc., look like? Is everything in order?

2. The front door. What does your front door look like? Is it old and dilapidated? People enter your home through the front door, so make sure yours is freshly painted. If you have to replace it, go ahead and do so. If you don’t want to replace it, you can also try replacing the hardware (the knob, lock, kick plate, etc.) so everything looks new. 

"When a potential buyer drives up to your home, their first impression of it happens from the outside."

3. The interior color. Every room inside your home has to be neutral in terms of color. I walk through homes every week and see rooms that are pink, green, purple, and blue. That might be fine for the homeowner's taste, but if you’re going to sell soon, you have to neutralize your home’s paint colors. 

4. The kitchen. Not everyone can replace their kitchen; that can get expensive. However, if you want to update your kitchen on a reasonable budget, you can replace the cabinet hardware, repaint the cabinet doors, and replace the countertops (I suggest a low-level granite material). 

5. Flooring. Do your rugs look worn and outdated? Does each room have a differently colored carpet? Replacing the flooring is an inexpensive way to update your home, so I recommend replacing old carpeting. Sometimes you can simply have them cleaned, but if your carpeting looks worn or is differently colored throughout the house (and especially the master bedroom), you need to replace it. You can also consider installing inexpensive laminate flooring for your kitchen and family room. 

As always, if you have questions about this or any real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to my team and me. We’re here to help.

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