Easy Cold-Weather Projects to Boost Your Home Value

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When days are sunny and warm, your home’s—ahem—character is the last thing on your mind. After all, scuff marks and squeaky floors don’t hold a candle to summer afternoons at the local swimming hole.

But winter is a different story.

According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we’re in for “another teeth-chatteringly cold winter . . . with above normal snowfall.” That’s great news if you’re thinking about selling your home anytime soon because it gives you and your home lots of together time!

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So why not put your cabin fever to work for you? Get top dollar for your home by taking care of these easily overlooked areas before the world thaws out again.

Patch Before You Paint

Most homeowners know a fresh coat of paint works magic on a home. But don’t forget that years of holiday decorations, photos and artwork will leave your walls peppered with nail holes. Patch those holes before you paint for a more polished and professional payoff. Presto! Painting prep perfection. Ask a real estate agent you trust to recommend paint colors that are sure to catch a buyer’s eye.

Look Down Below

Scratched, stained or discolored flooring distract prospective buyers and may suggest you haven’t maintained your home very well. Eliminate that concern by repairing or replacing flooring before you put a For Sale sign in the yard. While you’re down there, don’t forget to clean up your baseboards. Usually soap and water will do the trick—but a fresh coat of paint will really set them off.

Put Cabinetry Center Stage

Since your cabinets are the most dominant feature in your kitchen, they need to look great for potential buyers. Start by wiping them down to remove splatters and water marks. If they’re looking especially tired, updated hardware and a new paint or stain job will work wonders. Add under-cabinet lighting to make your whole kitchen shine.

Spiff Up the Bathroom

The number-one priority for the bathroom is to look and smell clean. Repair any eyesores like chipped or missing tiles and scrub rusty surfaces off bathroom fixtures. Fix leaky faucets and reseal the toilet to prevent surprise leaks. If tub and shower areas look like a mildew farm, get out the gunk and apply fresh grout and caulk where needed.

Dress to Impress

Your closet, that is. If you want to win buyer hearts, you’ve got to show off your storage space! Strip closet clutter down to the bare minimum then use stackable bins and hanging shelves to organize clothes and shoes. Keep piles of linens nice and neat with shelf dividers, and bring order to accessories by installing a pegboard with hooks.

Find Out Exactly What Your Home Needs

If you’d like professional advice about specific ways to boost your home value, a real estate agent with experience in your market is a great source of advice. Your agent will know what buyers in your area pay the most attention to and which things they ignore. That way you can concentrate on improvements that truly add value to your home.

Don’t know where to start? Find an agent Dave recommends in your area today!

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