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Should You Fix It – Or Forget It?

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On January 10, 2008

If you made a new year’s resolution to finally get around to those fix-up projects around the house, you may quickly find yourself overwhelmed – and under-funded – if you try to tackle everything at once.

 

RealEstateJournal.com has put together a list of pitfalls to avoid when remodeling your home in 2008.  Read the full article here, or check out the highlights below:

 

  1. Ask for advice.  Talk with a local, experienced Realtor who can help you gauge your home’s current value.  Before you go pouring money into a remodeling project, it is valuable to know where your home currently stands and what you stand to gain by making improvements.  To request a complimentary market analysis of your Huntsville AL home, please click here. 
  2. Dig deeper.  Considering getting a home inspection before you remodel or put your home on the market.  This will give you a very clear idea of where you need to focus your fix-up efforts.
  3. Look outside.  Pay attention to the condition of the exterior of your home – including the siding and windows.  Sure, you may want to put all of your money into those new hardwood floors, but structural repairs should always be the first priority.
  4. Spend time in the bathroom.  Even small upgrades to a bathroom – new hardware or fixtures – can give it a whole new feel.  If you are thinking of selling your home this year, remember that buyers want to see a bathroom that can be used right away and is not in need of major repair.
  5. Keep it small in the kitchen.  We’ve all heard that “the kitchen sells the home,” but remember that, if you are planning on selling your house, every buyer has their own taste in the kitchen, so it is best to keep things neutral and let the buyer customize it as they wish. 

If you are planning to buy or sell a home in 2008, please call me at 256-508-0211 or visit MoveToHuntsville.com to learn more about Huntsville AL real estate.

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