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Sunday, December 28, 2008

10 Tips and upgrades to help sell your home

1. Electrical

Homes built during the 60's or before that often do not have enough electricity current to run all the electronic gadgets. Today's homes typically have 200-amp service, so keep your home competitive by upgrading to at least 100 amp.

2. Copper pipes

Upgrading pipes should be a major priority for sellers of older homes. Copper pipes wont corrode as severe as galvanized pipe over time.

3. Furnace

Furnaces usually last from 12 to 14 years. Although this upgrade is relatively expensive, you still have to fix it if it has passed its expiration date.

4. Kitchen cabinets

Refurbishing old cabinets can quickly pull your kitchen into the 21st century. Replace with stainless steel or nickel knobs, pulls and hinges.Cleaning, sanding, staining, painting and replacing veneer can make the wood become new again.

5. Kitchen countertops

The saying "all real estate is local" is true right down to the kitchen countertops. In some neighborhoods, laminate is still acceptable. In others, you'll need to go with granite or Corian. Check out your neighbors' kitchens to find out what is standard on your block.

6. Roof

Some buyers concerned about the age of a home's roof. inspect the roofs if it is more than ten years old. If it makes the grade, include the inspection report in your buyer's packet. If you must replace, cut costs by choosing 20-year material over 30-year material.

7. Siding

A dated exterior can be fatal to your home's curbside appeal. Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint is all you need to cover a multitude of sins. In other cases, you may need to replace the siding altogether.

8. Water heater

Water heaters usuallt last about a decade before running out of steam. Installing a high-efficiency water heater can cut energy use by between 10% and 50%, making your home more attractive to cost-conscious buyers.Some house doesnt have water heater.Add on in bathrooms.

9. Termite inspection

Termites are tiny insects that love to feast on wood,such as woods of cabinets,sides of windows etc.Termite inspections are relatively cheap and are especially important in older homes.

10. Windows

Single-pane windows have gone the way of lava lamps and beanbag chairs, so be sure to upgrade those aluminum slider windows. Not only will your home look more enticing, but you'll also trim heating and cooling bills by 25%.

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