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Does it pay to fix your home?

The best reason to fix your home up is for personal enjoyment. But if you do a nice job, you can realize some of your investment back when you sell.

On average, you can expect to get back about 1/3 of what you paid for an upgrade in a normal real estate market. However, some upgrades pay off better than others. In general, the more personal the choice – i.e., strong colors, loud prints, or unusual fixtures – the less likely prospective buyers are to appreciate it.

Below is a list of upgrades that go over and how well they are appreciated:

Nice, subtle paint jobs & wallpaper
Crown mouldings
Bigger baseboards
Hardwood or stone floors
Recessed and area lighting
Upgraded kitchen
Customized driveway
Built-in barbeque
Mature trees & landscaping
Built-ins depending on function
Upgraded fireplaces
Upgraded light fixtures
Outdoor trelisses
Granite countertops
Faux finishes
Raised panel doors instead of flat ones
Framed mirrors
Decorative tiles

Remember to consider the age and character of your home when making these kinds of upgrades. People looking for older or historic homes prefer upgrades that keep the original character and charm of these homes in tact.

Many buyers are looking for a home with a timeless feeling and character. Adding some of the features buyers love can get your home sold faster and possibly at a higher price.


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