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Home Sale Prep

Home Sale Prep

If you’re one of the many people planning to put your home on the market this year, there’s probably some home improvement work to do to fetch top dollar on the deal.

Identify your home’s flaws

Sellers are obligated to disclose property and structural flaws when selling a home. Failure to mention problems could leave you in the hot seat well after the deal is closed.

While you probably don’t want to remodel your entire master bath or kitchen before you sell, you should make some minor improvements to your home. It might cost you money upfront, but you’ll probably recoup that cost when you sell.

Get your home in showcase condition

Minimize clutter by clearing counters, organizing closets and concealing items in stackable crates and baskets. In the bathroom, replace caulking in bathtubs and showers. Modernize your kitchen by replacing leaking faucets, cabinet and drawer knobs, and outdated lighting fixtures.

Be sure all appliances are working properly. Clean and inspect your furnace and water heater. Make repairs to correct squeaky doors, broken light switches, burned-out light bulbs, loose doorknobs, torn screens and broken windows.

Minimal cost – measurable results

Painting is one of the best yet relatively inexpensive ways to improve your home.

As the selling season approaches, the need for neutral décor is also important. A house with beige walls and neutral tiling or carpeting is a faster sell.

Curb appeal is also key

If the home doesn’t pique curiosity from the curb, you’ll never get the buyer to step foot inside.

A good place to start is with your yard. A freshly cut lawn, manicured hedge and a beautiful flowering garden should catch the eyes of buyers.

Adding a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of the house can make everything look new again.

Ace Hardware offers everything you need to get your home ready for market. Check out Approved Home Pros’ listings to find an Ace Hardware location near you. Good luck!

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