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Adding value to our homes by making little improvements to them has to be one of the easiest ways to improve your chances of selling. If you have decided it is time to list your home, you know that you want to get the most for the time and effort you will spend on getting it ready.

Whether your idea of the perfect life is offshore accommodations on an ocean ready ship or a little cabin in the woods, getting your current home ready for the hot real estate market today is never easy. Moving from a home you have raised your kids in or gone through changes in your life is always an emotional roller coaster. So, before you even start to think about what it needs, here are a few tricks most experienced home sellers use to get that place looking ready for a new owner to move in now.

Improvements that Add Value

Don’t just make changes for the sake of changes if you are planning to sell. Pick and choose the kind of improvements that will add value to the home as well as give it a life. If you are looking at the outdoor part of your home, adding a deck is always a good mid-range investment that also doesn’t have to turn your home upside down while it is being done.

Remodeling a room is good, especially if it is the bathroom or kitchen. Basements that get the finished treatment are a good idea as well, and if they are not currently being used for anything more than storage space it won’t be as intrusive for living. All of these add value to the home and make it easier to sell.

Choose Projects for the Season

If you plan to sell in the next six months, take a look at what will be effective for the season you are selling. Adding all that landscaping garden in the fall when you know it will be covered with snow come time to show is simply counterproductive. On the other hand, fixing that old heater now in the summer if you know you will show it in the fall or winter is a smart idea.

Borrow Inspiration from TV and Books

You might be walking through your home right now and feel that although there isn’t anything big wrong with it, you just don’t feel it is a very interesting home. Why not check out home improvement shows or check out some books from the library that will give you ideas?

These days we are surrounded by experts in the field of home improvement that can give you great ideas. Whether you are looking at books by folks like Bob Villa or going on the Home Network for décor ideas, you don’t have to make it all up yourself.

Plan First

We have saved the most important trick for last. All of the ideas above are great, but hard to implement successfully if you don’t start with a plan. That plan should include a budget, by the way. Even the simplest home improvement project can go astray if you don’t take the time to plan the steps you need to take and the money you plan to spend.  So, tackle the important stuff first, plan for them and most of all enjoy yourself.

Dumbleton Greenwald

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