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5 Inexpensive Steps to a Speedy Home Sale



If you’re a homeowner considering a move or a real estate agent listing a home, you may be wondering what the home needs. Do I need to renovate the kitchen? Repaint the exterior? Replace the flooring? Before taking on a costly remodel, consider this: these measures don’t always recoup the highest percentages in return. Many sellers have much more success by investing in upgrades that boost their home’s value in the process. The best part? Both sides of the transaction profit.

Consumer Reports recommends completing these updates:

1. Paint key rooms.


In the grand scheme of things, painting is one of the least expensive ways to freshen up your home for sale, but it can cost up to $300 a room if you’re hiring a pro to do your entire home. Save big by painting just a few select areas: high-traffic rooms, like the kitchen and bathrooms, and rooms with brightly-painted walls. You can save even more by doing the project yourself – a gallon of paint averages about $30.

2. Spruce up the exterior.


Your home’s exterior is the first impression for many buyers online and in person. Aside from keeping up with maintenance like mowing the lawn and trimming shrubs, assess the outside of your home for any repair work – a fading front door, cracked siding or a loose step – that needs to be completed before selling. And don’t forget about the roof. If it needs to be replaced, choose an inexpensive but durable option, like standard, three-tab asphalt shingles. They cost approximately $75 per 100 square feet, including installation.

3. Upgrade the bathroom.


Bathrooms can become a point of contention for buyers if they’re not in tip-top shape. Rather than taking on an expensive renovation, make minor upgrades that have an impact. Caulk the tub, re-grout tile, and install new fixtures. Larger, less costly fixes are also a possibility if you know where to look – a new vanity, for instance, can cost less than $1,000 if you shop around.

4. Make kitchen repairs.


Buyers want to be wowed by the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean you have to fork over tens of thousands of dollars to make that happen. Focus on making repairs that cost well under $500, like tightening a leaky faucet or eliminating burn marks on countertops. For a cheap alternative to repainting your cabinets, consider updating your hardware in a modern finish.

5. Clean, clean, clean.


Even if the home has been renovated top to bottom, a messy appearance can be the ultimate deal breaker. Fortunately for sellers, de-cluttering and de-personalizing doesn’t have to cost a dime. A short list that will help buyers visualize living in the home:

– Vacuum, dust and wipe all surfaces regularly while your home is on the market.
– Pare down closets to the bare essentials.
– Replace family or otherwise personal photos with neutral wall art.
– Cut clutter in cabinets and on bookshelves.
– Keep counter and tabletops clear, especially during an open house.

If the project is overwhelming, consider hiring a professional cleaning service or organizer to cut through the chaos. A pro can cost anywhere from $600 to $2,500.

Source: Consumer Reports

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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  1. Real estate agents and statistics can help a home seller and home buyer to determine a lot of things about the sale of their home. Thanks for sharing the tips!

  2. In case we ever put our house on the market, I thought this was very good advise

  3. Great tips! Buyers also consider light in the home. Opening drapes, dark blinds, etc. will show the natural light potential. Along with cleaning all the windows! Eliminating pet odors, heavy air fresheners or cooking odors will help greatly as well. I’ve had many people turned off by odors or dark spaces.

  4. I have done all of the above on each house we have sold. Each of the 4 homes we have sold had an offer within the 1st month. The last two sold the day they listed. Scaling furniture down, reducing oversized furniture and reducing the number of pieces in over crowded roooms will make the rooms appear much bigger. A storage locker is one of the best investments you can make. Clean off surfaces and put away personal pictures and mementos. Buyers have a hard time imagining themselves in your home when surrounded by your personal stuff. If you want to see an example of your goal go look at a couple of model homes.

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