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By - Craig Mullins

Real Estate Remodeling: Where to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

When you want to do some remodeling in preparation for selling your home, you don’t want to have to invest a great deal of money. The idea is to increase the value of your home prior to selling, without having to be overly concerned about recovering the cost. More than an exact calculation, it’s largely a matter of having the satisfaction that you’re making reasonable improvements that will make both parties happy — you and the prospective buyer.

Shop Around for the Best Prices
In order to maximize your return, which is the part that will increase the satisfaction level on your side of the bargain, you want to check for the best prices and, if you can, do as much work as possible yourself. Depending on the kind of work you need to do, you can find good sales and discounts at many home improvement stores. If you look for discontinued and sale items you can find deals on things that will appeal to a buyer but cost very little money.

Appliance Upgrades
If you have appliances to replace such as a washer, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, and the like, scratch and dent sales are a good place to shop. You’ll find a large selection of items that have minor scratches, many of which cannot be seen once you put the appliance where you are going to use it. For example, a washer may have a scratch on the side that will be hidden by the dryer, yet because of this flaw, the price is substantially reduced.

As long as the appliances are in good condition there is no need to replace old appliances with new ones just because you are going to sell the house. If you need to solve the problem of an appliance that may become an issue because it is not working, you may even find appliances at second-hand stores.

New carpeting can significantly add to the appeal and value of your home.
At carpet outlet stores, you can find end pieces of carpeting left over (remnants) from cuttings. If you know how to properly install carpet, or if you get an experienced professional to install it, no one will ever be able to tell that the carpeting was not custom measured.

Fresh Paint
Some fresh paint can perform miracles on your real estate. If you go to discount stores you can find the paint you need at a reasonable price. Don’t worry about color when you’re selling your house–the purpose is to do some home improvements that will increase your home’s value. In fact, some people prefer white walls because it goes with anything, while others would prefer to repaint when they move in, and white paint makes that easier for them.

Remodeling Makes a Difference
Remember, it’s not how much you pay, but the quality of the remodeling projects that you undertake, that will make the difference. Don’t overdo it, but make sure to take care of areas that are in need of remodeling — carpeting, tile, appliances, painting (inside and out), replacing worn shingles, replacing broken shutters, refacing kitchen cabinets, and other similar projects to present a pleasant and inviting appearance.

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