Affordable updates to prepare for selling a home

Affordable updates to prepare for selling a home

August 31, 2011
Selling a home is a process involving many factors, only some of which are 
controlled by the homeowner. When preparing to sell a home and move on, 
homeowners frequently must balance the amount they will spend on repairs and 
improvements against the length of time they are willing to wait for a deal and 
their own willingness to put more money into a house they intend to leave.
RISMedia recently noted that while there is no perfect method to follow during 
the home sale process, some affordable improvements can increase the probability 
of a good sale in a reasonable amount of time. For example, replacing old windows 
can be less expensive than many homeowners and home buyers believe, making it a 
worthwhile investment to improve buyer perception of the property.
Floors and doors
According to RISMedia, updating garage doors may be a worthwhile improvement. 
While they seem unimportant, they're commonly one of the first things a 
prospective buyer sees and as a result can have a major impact on his or her 
opinion of the house.
The floors are another important feature which are easy to forget because 
homeowners rarely look at them closely. Hardwood floors can be refinished for a 
reasonable price if necessary, and homeowners may wish to consider shampooing any stained or worn carpets.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Realtors notes that both vinyl and ceramic 
tile flooring tend to be reasonably priced. Updating a bathroom floor, 
particularly if there are any problems such as a cracked tile, can make the room 
significantly more attractive.
Fixtures and furnishings
Old lighting fixtures can make a room or house seem significantly older and more 
worn, according to RISMedia. Updating these fixtures, particularly in the 
bathroom and kitchen, can have a significant impact.
Similarly, plumbing and hardware fixtures are so common that it's easy to forget 
about them when preparing a home for sale, but for the same reason may be 
noticeable to home buyers. These items may be available at a discount through 
contractor supply websites.
House Staging Options notes that when preparing a home for sale, it's important 
to clean furnishings even if they won't be included. The prospective home buyer's 
perception of the home is affected by the condition of the items inside it. This 
advice can also apply to decorations and especially to anything likely to draw 
the eye when a possible home buyer is walking through.

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