Affordable Improvements for Home Sellers
New paint, floor coverings, light fixtures bring high returns for minimal costs.
It's no mystery that listings that are in great shape usually sell for more than those that are in sub-prime condition. But, is it really necessary to fix up your home for sale? Won't the buyers want to fix up the house the way they want it?

Boost your selling power
Sellers are often resistant to the notion of investing time and effort in a property that will soon no longer be theirs. Yet, time and again, sellers who properly prepare their homes for sale reap the benefits in terms of a faster sale and a higher sale price. Before embarking on a fix-up-for-sale project, you need to mentally move beyond the idea that you're fixing your home up for someone else. The sole purpose of sprucing up your home before selling is to net more money for yourself from the sale. Can you sell your home without fixing it up for sale? Yes, but you'll be selling to a more limited market. Most buyers have a difficult time envisioning what a home might look like with an updated décor, or a relandscaped yard. To get the highest price possible for your home, you ideally want your home to appeal to the broadest market possible. Today's home buyers have little time to spare. So a turnkey home that can be moved right into without having to do a lot of fix-up work has broad appeal.

Cost-effective repairs
Fixing your home up for sale needn't cost you a lot. But, you must know how to effectively spend your efforts for maximum results. For example, kitchens are important to most buyers. An outdated kitchen can lower the market value of your home. However, to completely remodel your kitchen before selling is usually not cost effective. In many parts of the country, you'd be lucky to get your money back. On the other hand, a cosmetic face-lift at minimal expense could pay back many times over if it creates the desired effect. Recently, a couple sold their Montclair, Calif., home. The kitchen had an old linoleum floor, old appliances, Formica countertops, dark wood cabinets, dated light fixtures and old aluminum sliding doors leading to the yard. Without remodeling, the sellers created a salable kitchen by painting the walls a color 


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