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INCREASING THE HOME RESALE VALUE, BY MIKE FOURNIER, TULSA




Homeowners looking to sell a house will always, of course, be interested in  how much the assessed property value is compared to the bottom line home resale  price. If you want to get the best price possible when selling your home, it is  very important to make sure that it is appealing to potential buyers. Performing  certain tasks to increase your home's resale value is a great way to get more  for your property, and is likely to get your home sold more quickly, too.

Home Resale Preparations:  A clean house is very  desirable when prospective buyers come to visit the property. While cleaning has  little to do with the assessed value of your home, it is an integral part of  selling your house quickly. Even the most dedicated homeowners still have  certain areas of the house that tend to be neglected; when touring a property,  these areas will stick out if left unattended.

Clean ceramic tiles and re-grout if  necessary.

Clean closets and put items in plastic  storage containers.

Clean and organize basement.

Clean and organize attic and storage  spaces.

Make sure all appliances are clean and  in working order.

Clean all light fixtures and ceiling  fans.

Put magazines in decorative baskets.  Weed out those you don't need.

Keep bills and personal papers  organized and out-of-sight.

Reduce the number of personal items and  clutter (memorabilia, keepsakes, awards etc.) in each room, to make the house  seem cleaner.

Keep children's toys organized and in  one area.

Small Projects to Increase Resale Value Cleaning is an integral  part of home resale, but for some properties, a few smaller home improvement  projects can go a long way in increasing resale value.

Repaint walls in rooms that have high  visibility (kitchen, baths and living areas).

Choose a neutral paint color scheme.

Replace or repair loose cabinet  hardware.

Replace broken, dirty or outdated  blinds and curtains.

Replace all burned-out light bulbs.

Larger Projects to Increase Resale Value Performing larger home  improvement projects is a popular way to increase property value when it is time  to sell. Depending on where you live, an increase in resale value is often more  dramatic with certain tasks, but the following never hurt!

Refinish wood floors.

Have carpet professionally cleaned or  replaced with a neutral colored carpet.

Fix leaks in ceilings and walls.

Replace worn kitchen countertops with  new, clean, neutral colored materials.

Replace worn or outdated vinyl  flooring.

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