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Tips to maximize your home appraisal

Posted by Bonnie Martin Designated Broker on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 at 8:13am.


Selling a home was difficult even before the market started to slide. Now, every penny counts more than ever, which means that every leaky window, every dangling gutter and every ugly cabinet can make a big difference in the price of your home. While we all have a natural tendency to nest in the places we live, the reality is that many of the changes we make (or don't make) can make or break our home's asking price.






 DO have:

  1.  An open layout.
  2. Newer, matching appliances; stainless steel.
  3. Extra perks like small-beverage refrigerators, dual dishwashers, instant hot water, and a central vacuum clean-out.
  4. Granite countertops.
  5. Custom cabinetry.


DON'T try to fix outdated cabinetry or countertops. These need to be replaced if you want to add value -- new hardware won't be enough to fix them.


DO have:

  1. New fixtures and mirrors.
  2. A freshly painted tub, if necessary.
  3. Natural light.
  4. Good ventilation.
  5. New or refaced cabinetry.

DON'T let your bathroom feel dark or have any outdated colors or materials.

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