Maximizing Sell-ability

By: Nelson Stewart

Anyone who has listed their home for sale knows there are a few secrets about maximizing your home's appeal that not only raise interest in your home, but increase your asking price. Typically these are very simple and common sense things that anyone can do with a bit of time and effort. Usually it's a good idea to go from room to room and make a list of simple upgrades. Try to think in terms of what you might want if you were buying the home again. Which things stand out? If you are having trouble picking them out then get a in dependant opinion, ask a friend to give you their thoughts.

Speaking in general there are a few areas of the home that can be "brought up to date" to increase the panache that a home possesses.

An easy place to start is with the home's fixtures. New lighting can dramatically change the look of almost any room and new lights are something that buyers will notice right away. Another great idea is to redo the home's floors. The difference between old carpet and new laminate is astounding. Even just shampooing the existing carpets can bring new life to a home.

Now, how far you want to go to improve the value of your home depends completely on you. If you are willing to spend some money to make some money then why not redo the kitchen or bathroom. It's a known fact that new and modern kitchens sell homes. This will usually include a new countertop, new sinks and faucets, new appliances and perhaps cupboards and flooring. Alternatively, you can also simply refinish the cupboards. This will take a bit of time, but it's amazing what a new varnish and new doors can do for a kitchen. The same goes for flooring. Tile is a favorite surface for kitchens as it is highly resilient and quite attractive. New bathrooms are also a highly sell-able feature. The updating of all the fixtures and major appliances will almost always ensure a higher asking price for your home.

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