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Increase Your House’s Appeal with Renovations

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By : M Shane    99 or more times read
You’d think that in this current real estate market full of foreclosures, short sales, and homes that people would just like to be out of, that it would be easy to find what you’re looking for in a home. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case. It’s amazing how many homes are on the market currently that no one has upgraded in the past decade, indeed, if ever. To make your home appeal to buyers or even just make it more pleasant for you to live in the home if you’re not looking to sell it, there are a few basic things that you can do to increase the livability of your home.

One of the biggest improvements that you can do to make a home more pleasant to live in is to increase it from a single bathroom to having two bathrooms. If there is more than one person living in a house, or if you have company on a regular basis, there is a benefit to having more than one bathroom. A home with only a single bathroom can totally turn off a prospective buyer, in fact. Contact a general contractor with experience in creating bathrooms in existing homes for the best result.

Another good project that can help add value to your home is kitchen remodelling; repainting and superficial upgrades can help if your kitchen just looks outdated, but if your appliances are ancient it can pay to replace them with energy efficient models as well. Replace existing counters and vinyl flooring with a more updated, neutral surface to help increase saleability.

Likewise, a little bathroom remodelling can go a long way to getting your home sold too. A new vanity or countertop can update the look of your bathroom and there are lots of styles of sinks that you can choose from to add some pizzazz to the room. New flooring can really improve the look of the room as well; because the bathroom is usually such a small room, it costs very little to replace the floor here.

As always, if these types of renovations are too costly for you to afford before you put your home on the market, remember that repainting the inside of your home can bring huge returns for the cost. Some sources estimate that the return on new paint in a home is over 250%, so it is well worth your while to invest the time and money on doing it.

Remember, showing prospective buyers that you care about your home will get you better offers and make them think that you spend more money on upkeep, thereby making it a better investment for them.

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