Realtor Ron Phipps recently confirmed a house with a kitchen that had been remodeled simply two years in the past. “I opened the Viking range and the original packaging was nonetheless inside,” Phipps says. The owners “are not cooks. The kitchen is terrific, it’s magnificent, however they don’t use it.” Simple, inexpensive do-it-yourself projects corresponding to cleaning and decluttering and simply adding lighting might help improve a house’s resale worth, in accordance with HomeGain’s annual home improvement and staging survey.
For example, a historic home in my neighborhood has been in the marketplace for greater than two years. During the proprietor’s final open house, I went in to check it out, and immediately saw why the home hasn’t sold. The quaint Arts and Crafts style home was built in 1900 and has plenty of appeal.
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