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Filed under: News, Celebrity Homes, Selling The Agency via Zillow By Erika Riggs AP Pocket listings -- where homes aren't marketed publicly on the MLS -- are fairly common in high-end real estate. This tactic was used with Madonna's L.A. home; Simon Cowell's house is currently being floated as a $20 million pocket...
Filed under: News, Advice Shutterstock By AJ Smith Most of us have a basic understanding of what goes into buying a home. After saving enough for a down payment and getting pre-approved for a mortgage you can start your home search and make an offer once you're ready. But before you ever set...
Filed under: News, Investing, Renting KTRK-TV Maybe it's about protecting an investment, or maybe it's about doing the right thing, or maybe it's a bit of both, but a millionaire landlord in Houston says that he's on a mission to make the crime-plagued neighborhood where he owns apartments a much safer place...
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A Few High Value Home Improvement Tips to Consider
There are a number of remodeling solutions with the potential to add tremendous value to your home now and in the future. And many require little or no money.
Exterior: Maximizing your home's curb appeal begins on the street and extends all the way to your front door - essentially the very first thing every potential buyer will see. When a prospective buyer walks the path to your front door, they’re imagining themselves taking that walk everyday as potential homeowners. Nothing makes your home more inviting to prospective buyers then a tidy entryway. Start by picking up the clutter. Objects like garden hoses, children’s toys, and lawn furniture are not just potential eyesores, they can also be hazardous. Are the holiday’s over? Don't forget to store away decorations. And when you're finished cleaning, strategically place a few potted plants near your entryway for some added elegance and beauty.
Kitchen: A kitchen remodel can range from $15,000 to $80,000 depending on the size and level of upgrades and materials used. However, you're also more likely to get a high return on your investment when you go to sell your home. But don't think you have to spend a lot of money to make a big impact on potential home buyers. Removing all clutter and small appliances from your countertops helps make them appear more expansive. Sometimes a coat of paint is all it takes to freshen up a kitchen.
If your kitchen is in decent shape, sometimes making everything shine with a thorough cleaning can have a huge effect on buyers. Be sure to check for worn or outdated cabinets, hardware, fixtures, flooring and appliances.
Bathroom: Buyers expect a bathroom to be clean and bright. So, be sure to check tile and grout for cracks and grime. Consider replacing dated fixtures and hardware. The bathroom provides exceptionally high value regardless of whether you're doing a remodel or adding an additional one. In fact, a mid-range bathroom remodel can cost $10,499 yet return $10,727 for an ROI of 102.2%.1 You may have already given your bath a modern update or have kept it immaculate. However, if it does need a little work there are simple things you can do to make it more appealing to prospective buyers. First and foremost, give your walls a new coat of paint by utilizing a refreshing or neutral color. Combine that with a thorough cleaning job and you may be ready to go to market. Add those decorative bars of soap you've been storing away for a special occasion and hang your finest guest towels and your bath is certain to leave a good impression.