What can I do to increase the value of my home – but with minimal costs?

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Question of the Week: I am selling my home. What can I do to increase the value – but with minimal costs?


First, make sure it is sparkling clean. There is nothing so off-putting as a dirty house. If you have a dog or cat, make sure that kitty’s litter doesn’t reek and that Fido’s hair isn’t all over the living room sofa.

If you can afford it, paint the whole house. There’s no cheaper way to give the whole place a fresh look. Choose pale, neutral colours … that doesn’t mean everything has to be beige … pale blues and greens work well too.

De-clutter: go into super clean-up mode and get rid of everything you don’t really need. Make sure that things won’t fall out of closets when a potential buyer inspects the home. A de-cluttered home is one that automatically looks larger.

Pretty up your front and backyard. The front of your house is its calling card. If the paint is peeling or the weeds are 2-feet high, it won’t be attractive to purchasers.

As for that kitchen and bath, your kitchen may look years younger simply by replacing the cabinet pulls with a more current design. For the bathroom, a new shower curtain and towels can work wonders. Finally, consult with your listing agent. I am sure he/she will have other suggestions to give you.

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