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up­date their homes be­fore list­ing them.” Firstly, im­prove the ap­pear­ance of the garage door. It is of­ten the first thing buy­ers no­tice. Be­cause it is ex­posed to the el­e­ments it can look worn — a new door or a coat of paint will go a long way to up­dat­ing the over­all look of the prop­erty.

Se­condly, old tatty win­dows can age a prop­erty se­verely and re­plac­ing them will pro­vide a con­tem­po­rary look. The av­er­age home has about eight win­dows, so the cost of re­plac­ing win­dows will be far less than the value per­ceived by po­ten­tial in­vestors.

Thirdly, if the home is car­peted, pro­fes­sional car­pet-clean­ing can rejuvenate the look of worn car­pets. Al­ter­na­tively, they should be re­placed. This does not have to be a big ex­pense as there are many op­tions avail­able that are rea­son­ably in­ex­pen­sive. Buy­ers can smell a new car­pet. If the home has hard­wood floor­ing have it sanded and var­nished as this will add huge ap­peal to the home. Gen­er­ally buy­ers place ex­tremely high value on homes with wooden floor­ing.

Fourthly, spruce up the paint work. Sim­ply paint­ing the trim and gut­ters is a small im­prove­ment that makes a big im­pact. The in­te­rior trim is just as vi­tal, so touch up the skirt­ing boards and ar­eas that need it.

In ad­di­tion, look out for sales and spe­cials to re­place fix­tures that are dam­aged or out­dated. These could in­clude plumb­ing or hard­ware fix­tures or light­ing, says Goslett.

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