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If you’re looking to sell your home or are planning to renovate soon, you’re probably wondering what you can do to increase the resale value of your house. Here are a few ways you can make your home more appealing to future buyers.

1. Focus on Kitchen and Bathroom Updates

To get the best return on your renovation costs, consider updating your kitchen and/or bathroom first. Swap out old or Formica countertops for new, modern materials. Upgrade to top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances. Paint or replace outdated cabinetry. Add a new tile floor. Even minor updates can change the face of a kitchen or bathroom and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

2. Go for Granite Countertops

According to Cameron Brown, a realtor from On Q Realty in Gilbert, Arizona, home buyers tend to look for high-quality countertops made with top-of-the-line materials. Granite continues to be the most sought-after countertop, with other favorites including marble countertops, quartz countertops, and soapstone countertops. Natural stone materials like these “increase the value of your home and make it much more desirable.” While individual tastes will depend on the customer, many buyers like to see granite countertops that have a one-of-a-kind look and pattern.

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3. Apply Fresh Paint

Paint is a simple and effective way to transform or update any room. Choose neutral, on-trend colors to turn faded or wallpapered rooms into modern spaces. Light or white paint can make a room appear bigger, so maximize your square footage with a few fresh coats.

4. Remove Old Carpet

Worn Carpet can be a turn-off for potential home buyers who are searching for a high-end home. To improve resale value, remove old carpeting and replace it with a more appealing option, such as tile or hardwood.

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5. Keep Up on Maintenance & Repairs

Investing in small repairs and general maintenance around the house can ensure potential buyers perceive your home as structurally sound and up-to-date. Replacing the crumbling porch steps or tidying up the hedges can instantly enhance your curb appeal. Repairing a leaky water line in the basement can be invaluable in terms of energy savings. Keeping tile grout clean and sealing natural stone surfaces will keep them looking beautiful when it’s time to show the house. Maintaining the appearance and function of each room of your home can really pay off when it’s time to sell.

Following these 5 renovation tips can greatly increase the appeal of your home to buyers. Try using our Just Imagine Visualizer to play with what each of the spaces in your home could look like with these recommended updates!

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