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Improve before the Move

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By : M Shane    99 or more times read
Homeowners may decide to make improvements to their houses for a number of reasons. It may be that a planned move has been put on temporary hold, due to the vagaries of the current housing market. Perhaps, a few updates here and there will make the property eminently more sellable, if you are still thinking of selling, in advance of a forthcoming relocation.

Before you get too ambitious, consider the cost and time invested in any improvements, and assess whether the finished alteration will represent good value. Any significant projects may require permits from the relevant local government department, and may also incur fees.

If you are simply planning a bit of a home make-over, consider what you can do yourself, to reduce costs. Be realistic, do not stretch your DIY skills to the realms of fantasy - there are countless home improvement stories that end with the home owner having to pay a professional to repair the costly damage done by an unskilled enthusiast.

The kitchen is a popular room for a makeover. Many people spend a great deal of time cooking, eating and socializing in the kitchen, and buyers will often base decisions on this most vital of rooms. Maybe you won't need to go the the extent of having a complete refit. By fitting new doors to dated cabinets and replacing the counter tops, you can reinvigorate the whole room at a fraction of the cost.

Bathrooms are another safe bet when it comes to relatively inexpensive updates. If you already have a neutral coloured bathroom suite, then a bit of simple redecoration should do the trick. Some considered lighting changes, new flooring and replacement backsplash tiles should make all the difference. If, however, your old marble-effect bathtub and sink are to be replaced, it's worth bearing in mind that money spent on updating a bathroom will be well spent, and should ultimately add value to your home.

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