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Selling your home? Add value without breaking the bank.

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NYC Home
R. Ellis

Your home is your biggest investment. You’ve made the decision to put your home on the market and of course you want top dollar. To do that you don't have to shell out big bucks. There are easy and inexpensive fixes will add value to your home without breaking the bank.

Homeowners often must choose between an improvement that they would really love to have and one that would prove to be a better investment. By researching homes for sale in your geographic area and getting the advice of a qualified real estate professional, homeowners can avoid costly projects that don’t really add value to a home and make the right improvements that will value to their home.

For Manhattan homeowners, adding value to your home is easier in many ways due to apartment living.

For instance a fresh coat of paint can renew the look and feel of any apartment.

If one resides in a junior four where that second bedroom is tiny, consider turning it into a home office/guest room.

Or if the layout permits, breakthrough the wall and create a large master suite with an area that provides built in storage.

When opening up rooms, make sure it blends and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. Good closet space is also important and can be created by transforming your closets so they look larger and not crowded.

When it comes to kitchens -- the more open the better! By breaking through a wall you can open up your kitchen making it seem larger. Update appliances if they are old. If your cabinets are old, paint them or replace the front of the cabinets. Change the hardware on cabinets and drawers. Putting large tiles over an old floor can do wonders.

Does your bathroom need work? Open up a closet to create more room. Replace sinks with his and her sinks. Replace old tiles with larger ones. Re-grout tiles. Change bathroom hardware. New faucets, a new medicine cabinet and lighting can be a wonderful improvement.

What do your floors look like? Buyers love hardwood floors. If you have wall to wall carpeting consider ripping it up and if your floors are in decent condition, sanding and staining them. If your floors look bad you don’t have to spend a fortune on new floors. Home improvement and large retail hardware stores sell wood flooring at very reasonable prices.

Give your windows a new look with sheers or window blinds which there are various styles to choose from.

Change lighting. A new lamp or lighting fixture can change the look of your apartment.

By making inexpensive changes to your home, you can add value!

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