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Home Improvement: Top 5 Ways to Help Your Home Sell

When selling a home, you really must put yourself in the mind of a buyer. Do you want to see all of their clutter, personal belongings and forgotten home improvement needs? Of course not. Now if you want to be a smart seller, you need to follow these 5 quick and easy steps to beautifying your listed home to wow potential buyers and to move on.

Storage Space – You want to assure that your potential buyers see room for all of their things. Expanding space that is already there would be installing a closet system. One of the main things that buyers look for is space to put all of their crap. Did you make enough room for theirs?

Clear the Clutter! Along with all of the expanding, your potential buyers still want to physically see the room for their stuff. So by physically clearing out the space that you are advertising is a key element. Making your house to as close to empty in your storage areas specifically will lead your buyers down a prim rose path.

Show more wood floorhomeforsaleMost people are not attracted to dirty lived on carpet if it is less than average. If your carpet is hiding those old wood floors in your home—rip it out! Wooden floors make homes look and feel more modern and functional, not to mention more beautiful.

Clear those old treatments – Bad, old, dusty, broken or unsightly are all words associated with window treatments that should be removed and/or replaced before a potential buyer comes in to look. Snazz it up quick with a set of new modern shades.

Be a good host – Most important factor in selling your home! Make sure that you greet your guests at the door, give them plenty of space but still be available for questions. Be the host with the most.

Contact the Contract(or)

Are you planning a major home improvement project in the near future? Then you will probably want to hire a contractor. Here are a few tips to get the job done right the first time around and get the most bang for your buck.

Regardless how big or small the task is, make sure you spell out all the terms of the project, especially the payment
Another thing to think about beforehand is to determine if you will pay an hourly rate or a flat rate. If you choose to pay hourly, it is in your best interest to create a daily time sheet used daily by you and your contractor. Also, make sure to discuss an end date with your contractor, because more than likely they have many projects on their plates and you don’t want them to forget about yours.

Most contractors mark up the price for materials they use for a job. If you provide your own tools, you will actually end up saving money. With this being said, do some shopping! Visit your local stores to find the best prices for the fixtures and finishings you want.

Know your contractors specialties and make sure to get the right contractor for the job. Also, become aware that a general contractor needs to hire a specialty contractor to perform jobs that need specific licensing.

Last but not least, understand the difference between handymen and contractors. Handymen are not licensed or specialized and are usually found on sites like, Craigslist. Contractors, on the other hand, should be licensed, have many years of experience, and work in remodeling or construction full-time. If you do hire a contractor, make sure to see an updated license as well as insurance coverage.

It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway… don’t sign a completion statement or make the final payment until the job is complete. When using contractors for home improvement projects, money is the only leverage for getting things done right, the first time around.

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