Home Buyer's Recession Survival Guide - Improve Your Home's Value And Sell It For More!

In the halcyon days when a house would be worth $10,000 more each month, it really didn't matter what you did to your house to "doll it up" for sale. There was always someone who was ready to meet your asking price. Those days may never return. In the real world of today's market, buyers are looking for features and if you can satisfy those requirements, your selling lag will diminish considerably. There are a considerable number of home improvements which you can implement and will usually result in at least a 200% ROI. What that means is that, let's say it costs $10,000 to add a bathroom, you can legitimately add $20,000 to the asking price. However, keep your changes practical. There is no point adding a five car garage to a starter home, or an Olympic sized swimming pool to a townhouse!

Here are some of the highest ratio improvements which can add significantly add value to your property to a disproportionate degree of the cost involved:

- Add a deck, and equip it with a nice BBQ and outdoor furniture set. It will show that the entertainment area of the home extends to the outdoors and make your house seem a lot bigger than it actually is.

- Doll up your front door and porch as well as the foyer. It is the first impression your buyer will have of your home and it is true that the attitude towards any new experience is set in the first two seconds.

- Even in the middle of the Arizona Desert or down in the Florida Keys, buyers like to see fireplaces. They may never see a log lit in them, but they add quite a bit of value.

- Four bedroom houses are the hot ticket. If your house is short on this count, check with a good architect to see if some walls can be moved around or an addition placed on the house.

- If your master bedroom doesn't have an en suite, add it now. Buyers love that.

- Install new kitchen cabinets, but if that is prohibitive, just change the fronts and the handles.

- Is that burgundy lace-plastic New Orleans Pimp fixture really the best choice for your bedroom? Go with modern, trendy and simple lighting fixtures.

- New kitchen appliances can really spruce up the look of a home. The current trend is to go with the brushed aluminum look. Anything is better than that 1982-vintage Avocado Green!

- Paint, paint and paint some more. There is nothing that is easier to do and costs less to improve the buyer appeal of your home than a fresh, new, professional paint job. Don't try to imitate those home decorator TV shows and go with Eggplant next to Ebony with trim in Echinacea. Use simple, light-colored pastels. Many buyers like to see just plain Eggshell White so they can easily add their own palate.

- That orange shag carpeting has to go! There are lovely low pile carpets and laminated flooring options that cost little but can add thousands to the price of your home.

Keep in mind that you should always stay in the middle of your community. Don't have the fanciest or worst house on the block. You want to be somewhere in the upper-middle of the range of houses in your neighborhood. That's where the sales curve is the meatiest!

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