Do you want to improve your home so that it will be easier to sell? There are a number of home improvement projects that will help increase the value of your home and greatly add to its appearance.

1. Redo kitchen cabinets

The kitchen is often the heart of the home. A great deal of time is spent in this room, and you will want it to be an asset to your home. If your kitchen cabinets are not at their best, you may want to acquire new cabinets. Of course, you will also need to consider how much of a budget you have to work with for home improvements. If money is tight, all that may be necessary to improve the appearance of your cabinets is to simply refinish them or have new doors and hardware put on them.


2. Replace old faucets

Outdated and leaky faucets should be replaced with newer, more appealing and efficient models. Just changing the faucet on a kitchen or bathroom sink can do a great deal to improve the appearance and efficiency of your home.


3. Replace older toilets

If you have a toilet that is an older model and may have seen better days, think about replacing it with a newer model that will look great and also economize on water.


4. Consider a new paint job

Do you have a room that is painted in very bright, vivid colors? This may be a turnoff to prospective homebuyers who may not have the same taste as you when it comes to room colors. Consider painting the walls of a bright room in a more neutral shade that will work with many different types of furnishings.


5. Update doors

You might want to consider replacing older, lightweight doors with newer ones that are of a sturdier construction. This also goes for your front door. It may be time to replace it. At the very least, you might want to refinish your front door or paint it another color to give a great first impression.


6. Plant grass seed

If your lawn has bare patches, plant grass seed to fill them in with fresh growth. This will improve the curb appeal of your home. You might also want to use a pressure washer to go over your walkways, decks, and exterior areas of your home.


7. Clean bathroom tiles and grout

Dirty and discolored grout and tiles in your bathroom can really detract from the appearance of your home. It will be a smart idea to clean all of the bathroom tiles along with the grout, which may need replacing if it is in really bad shape.


8. Add a home office

If you have the money in your budget, you may want to take unused space in your home and turn it into a home office. This can be a great selling point since so many individuals now telecommute.

Improvements to your home such as the ones mentioned above can greatly add to its appeal and increase its value, making it easier to sell.



This article has been contributed by Lisa Smith on behalf of Kanetix, a mortgage comparison website.

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