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preparing for the Market W hile your home does not need to be in brand-new condition, there are many things you can do to help boost the value and make the property more enticing to potential homebuyers. You should make the necessary repairs, of course: fix broken baseboards and cupboards and get leaks taken care of. But much of getting your house ready is helping buyers see their family living in the house, not yours, according to Realtor.com. Repaint With neutRal ColoRs Your house may be filled with your personality — a bright red front door, stars or shapes painted in kids’ rooms, and multi-colored walls. if you want your house to go more quickly and to go for more money, it’s better to paint the walls with neutral colors like tan and off-white. You don’t want buyers to walk away with memories of the paint instead of the house. even if you don’t have crazy colors, consider the paint job. is it old or faded? Does it make your house a little dingy? so much of buyers’ first impressions come at first glance, and you don’t want them to notice the work the house needs before they notice the good qualities of the house. FinD anD Fix issues hire a home inspector to look at the roof, foundation, structural integrity of the house, wiring, plumbing and other big-ticket items. Know how old the water heater and a/C unit are and check for mold and termites. also look for repairs that are quick and easy and can go a long way toward attracting buyers. Be on the lookout for rot around doors and windows, visible cracks in the walls, warping in hardwood floors, broken cabinet doors or door handles, a sliding glass door that sticks, broken light fixtures and more. upgRaDe a newly renovated kitchen or bathroom, new windows or fancy ceiling fans or light fixtures can make your house look sharper and help attract buyers who are willing to pay more. according to the national association of Realtors, hardwood floors give sellers a 100 percent return on their investment, and a new roof is more than pays for itself. Figure out how much you’re willing to spend and what will have the greatest net value.