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2015-06-24 11:18:42
Simple Upgrades to Improve Home Value

You may be surprised, but you don't have to sink a chunk of change to increase your home's value. There really are simple upgrades to improve home value, things that are do-it-yourself-won't-take-up-your-whole-weekend items. Let's take a look:

- Front porch = First impression. Make a lasting, positive impact by cleaning up your front porch area. Set out a new mat and paint the front door a neutral color. Red doors are a fun twist, but blues, greens and taupes are great colors too. When shopping for paint, make sure to choose a durable exterior paint and consult with your paint store's staff on their recommendations for the job.

- Eliminate clutter. Sounds simple, right? Think garage sale. Sell, donate or pitch items you can live without. Take it a step further by adding a simple storage system for your bedroom closets, linen closet, utility room and pantry. If you choose to sell your home in the future, prospective buyers will ooh-and-ahh over smart storage solutions. Organization appeals to almost everyone.

- Keep high traffic areas in ship-shape. It's easy for walls to become scratched, dinged and worn. Bust out your extra paint or take a paint chip to have matched at your local paint store, and touch-up high-use areas.

- Change the pot. No, really. Consider swapping out your toilets for more efficient versions. They may help curb water use, but the best news is this: many come with rebates from your water company. Check with your local water provider and obtain a list of toilets they recommend for efficiency.

It's that easy! Let me know if you implement any of these simple upgrades to increase home value!  Have a real estate question you want answered? Contact me anytime; my direct line is (512) 694-9769. I'm here and always happy to help.

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