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Cost effective tips to help you sell your home in 2010

December 28, 2009

Planning on selling your home in 2010? Looking for a cost-effective way to add value without spending a lot of money? Below are some tips from HGTV FrontDoor on improvements that will surely impress prospective buyers – all for under $500!

Tip 1: Spend an hour with a pro.

Invite a Realtor or interior designer over to check out your home. Many Realtors will do this as a courtesy, but you’ll probably have to pay a consultation fee to a designer. Even small suggestions, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home.

Tip 2: Paint, paint, paint.

One of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements of all is a fresh coat of paint. Newly painted rooms look clean and updated — and that spells value. Neutral paint colors appeal to the greatest number of people, making your home more desirable. On average, a gallon of paint costs around $25, leaving you plenty of money to buy rollers, tape, drop cloths and brushes.

Tip 3: Save the popcorn for the movies.

Few structural elements date a house more than popcorn ceilings. So dedicate a weekend to ditching the dated look and adding dollar signs to the value of your home. First, visit your local hardware store for a solution to soften the texture. Then, simply scrape the popcorn away. It’ll bring your house into the new millennium with minimal cost and effort.

Tip 4: Cleanliness counts.

You only get one shot at a first impression, so make the interior of your home shine from the entrance to the exit. For less than $400, you can hire a cleaning service for a thorough top-to-bottom scrubbing. Even if you clean your home regularly, you likely miss or overlook some nooks and crannies.

Tip 5: Small bathroom updates equal a big return.

Bathroom updates are always a smart move. Even if you can’t afford a full remodel, small changes can update the room without bruising your bottom line. For a quick, inexpensive face lift, replace dated wallpaper or light fixtures with updated paint and lighting.

Do you have any other budget conscious ideas on how to add value to your home?

Courtesy of: http://twitter.com/CB_Florida

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