Top Home Improvements Recommended by Real Estate Professionals

Thinking about selling your home? Before you list your house on the market, you may want to consider a few do-it-yourself improvement projects that can help increase the value of your home. HomeGain.com, a leading real estate website connecting agents and brokers with home buyers and sellers, recently conducted a survey of approximately 500 real estate agents across the United States to determine the top 10 low cost, do-it-yourself home improvements for home sellers. The results are shown in the graphic below.

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93% of Real Estate Professionals Surveyed Recommend Flooring Upgrades

Wood, carpet, tile, linoleum – whatever flooring you have in your home, real estate professionals suggest spending some extra time to get them in top condition before selling. Let’s face it, some rooms in a home naturally have more traffic than other areas. Take a look at the high traffic areas of your home (hallways, entryway, kitchen, etc). Are the floors visibly worn or stained? Does your flooring simply need an update? If so, it may be time for an upgrade. Whether you choose to hire a professional to do the work or take on the job yourself, the return on investment with be well worth it. To read the full results of the survey, click here.

Homes with Hardwood Floors Sell Faster

Do prospective buyers really care that a home has wood floors? Do hardwood floors increase the perceived value of a home more than carpet, tile, or laminate? According to a 2011 national survey of real estate agents conducted by the National Wood Flooring Association, 99% of respondents agreed that hardwood floors increase a home’s marketability. 82% of respondents also agreed that homes with hardwood floors sell faster and 90% said they would sell for more money. While hardwood floors may seem like a big cost upfront, they are a visible and valuable investment that, with proper care, will last a lifetime and increase the value of your home.
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