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by Alice Soon

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With the prime selling season heating up, here are 5 surefire ways to get the best bang for your buck and get top dollar for your listing:

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1) FLOORING

  • Remove outdated carpets
  • Replace with either laminate or hardwood flooring or ceramic tiles
  • It’s easier to clean & helps with people who have allergies
  • Also, buyers are specifically looking for updated flooring when they evaluate a potential home

2) FIXTURES & HARDWARE

  • These include door knobs & handles on all doors, entrances/exits, cabinet hardware, bathroom & lighting fixtures, etc…
  • They are easy to replace & fairly inexpensive
  • You get a great return on investment for not a lot of money
  • If fixtures & hardware are not replaced, it can really date a property and make it appear as if it has not been maintained
  • Remember, everyone has to either touch a door or walk through it! It’s simple & cheap to fix the hardware

3) BATHROOMS

  • If your client does opt to do a bathroom upgrade, it’s often worth the money, as it’s considered the 2nd most important room in the house
  • Upgrades can include: new tile & grout, new faucet & hardware, new coat of paint, upgrading or replacing cabinets.

4) KITCHEN

  • This is the most valuable room in the house, but your clients don't need to spend a fortune in order to make it look spectacular
  • Simple add-ons such as a deluxe faucet, cabinet door hardware, upgraded or new appliances, new lighting, or adding a backsplash can help jazz up its appearance & functionality
  • They can also rebuild standard cabinetry at half the price (as opposed to custom cabinets or using expensive materials).

5) ADD AN INCOME-SUITE

  • Depending on the city or municipality, if the neighborhood allows for Income Suites, your clients could potentially add 150-160% of equity into their home by putting in an extra suite
  • This allows the owner to also potentially receive additional income through a tenant
  • Depending on the specific market or city, demand for double unit homes can rise by more than 25%

For more information, please contact the nationwide experts at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors - www.pillartopost.com.


About the Contributor

Alice ThumbAlice Soon is the Marketing Manager at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, the largest home inspection company in North America with over 550 offices. She is a contributor to various North American real estate publications such as INMAN News, The Residential Specialist Magazine, REP (Real Estate Professional Magazine) & enjoys communicating with professionals in the real estate industry.

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