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Easy Home Upgrades Anyone Can Do

Building equity in your home is always a good thing, but it’s an even better thing when you’re thinking of putting it on the market. The question becomes one of finding the biggest return on investment for a home upgrade. Naturally, there are several variables that must be considered before speaking so broadly on the value of a single upgrade. Your home’s current value, condition and the timeframe in which you hope to sell it are all big factors. But, even if you have all the time in the world there are still some tips that can help you save money while increasing the value of your home before the first walkthrough. <strong>Remodel vs. Upgrade</strong> Experts are quick to advise serious consideration before embarking on costly remodels prior to a home’s sale, according to a recent report from real estate researchers at Zillow.com. Simply put, bigger costs can be harder to recoup at sales time, especially when a contractor gets involved. Small DIY upgrades, however, can add a lot of bang for the buck. Of course, not everyone is great at DIY and no one wants to <em>lose</em> home value by putting holes where they’re not supposed to be, but some fixes are super-simple and very affordable. <strong>Easiest Upgrades Ever</strong> Here is a list of upgrades that anyone with simple tools and the most basic know-how can manage. <em>Cabinet / Drawer Hardware:</em> Replacing <a title="Cabinet Hardware" href="http://www.atgstores.com/cabinet-hardware_673.html" target="_blank">knobs and pulls</a> in the kitchen and bathroom are a quick and easy way to add a new, fresh look to these interior spaces. In most cases, all you need is a screwdriver and a few hours of free time. <em>Exterior Décor</em>: Once again, a little time is all you need to give your home a facelift. <a title="Mailboxes" href="http://www.atgstores.com/mailboxes_932.html" target="_blank">Mailboxes</a>, <a title="Address Plaques" href="http://www.atgstores.com/address-plaques_931.html" target="_blank">house numbers</a>, <a title="Welcome Mats" href="http://www.atgstores.com/welcome-mats_904.html" target="_blank">welcome mats</a> and <a title="Garden Features" href="http://www.atgstores.com/garden-structures_896.html" target="_blank">garden features</a> can be quickly updated and will definitely be noticed by prospective buyers. <em>Interior Décor: </em>Don’t be afraid to spruce up lackluster areas and empty spaces with minor furniture and décor upgrades that give your home an updated look. Keep in mind the difference between actual value and perceived value. <strong>Influencing Perceived Value</strong> Your open house is a show and every show looks and feels better with convincing props. It’s not a matter of telling a tall tale – it’s a matter of giving viewers an idea of what the home <em>can be for them</em>. It’s difficult to imagine a home’s potential when it has that everyday look. So, spruce it up for the main event and then pack up the goodies when you go. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these tips help when you want to make fast updates for a fuller sales price.
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