Joseph Talbot, Real Estate Broker - HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT IMPROVE VALUES

big change, but one of the keys to adding value to your home is to repair, replace, or remove anything that could turn buyers away, no matter how small a change might seem.

$200-$400 IMPROVEMENTS

Engage a lawn service to clean up the yard. The key to curb appeal is your front yard. Carelessly mowed grass, patchy brown areas, and untrimmed bushes or hedges are a fast turn-off to prospective home buyers. A lawn care service can be engaged for a few hundred dollars to trim your lawn and shape your hedges. The curb appeal will go from messy to maintained. Clean even where it's not seen. Expect people to be picky when they are shopping for a new home. Cleanliness counts — and you only get one chance at a first impression. So make the interior of your home sparkle from the moment buyers walk through the door! For about $400, hire a cleaning service for thorough top-to-bottom scrubbing. Even a well-maintained home has overlooked nooks and crannies. For about $200 more, get all the windows in the house professionally washed. This can make old windows look newer. Update bathrooms. Even small changes can bring big dividends. Even if you can't afford a full bathroom renovation or remodel, you can likely make small changes that pack a punch. Updates such as repainting, removing dated wallpaper, and replacing old lighting, towel bars, toilet paper holders, and shower heads will refresh the room without hurting your budget. If there is no ventilation system in the bathroom, install a wall fan. Upgrade to energy-efficient fixtures. A ceiling fan can provide light and, in warmer months, produce a soft breeze that can reduce the need for expensive air conditioning. But an outdated,

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