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preparing for the Market


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

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.
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.


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