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5 Ways to Boost (and KEEP) Your Home's Value

So first off – my apologies for not adhering to my regular posting schedule. I’m embarassed, but I have a good excuse. Really, I do! My dog ate my homework! No, wait – that’s the wrong one. I’ve actually been busy working, believe it or not. And I’m not talking about the busy work that REALTORS do, I mean really working. I’ve been working with a handful of serious buyers that haven’t given up on the market and in fact are desperately trying to find their home before prices go back up, which they’re convinced that they will.
And in my recent journeys, I saw a home that was just lovely on the inside, had a remodeled kitchen and bath and period details. But the sellers had two seperate pest/structural reports (these are reports that cover structural issues such as termite damage, fungus, faulty grade issues, dry rot, etc) and while they spent time making their home purdy, they skimped on the more basic stuff.
So, a few days later, I ran across an article from the Daily Real Estate News that mentioned 5 basic things that should be done before you start thinking about how to make your house look its best. It’s the single greatest investment most people will ever make, and it should be well maintained. Here’s how:

5 Simple Ways to Increase a Home’s Value

Good home maintenance is key to creating and preserving a home’s value. Not to mention, it also impresses potential buyers.

Here are five basic steps that every home owner ought to take — before spending money on dream bathrooms or gourmet kitchens.

1. Safety. Make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and in good working order. Check fuel-burning appliances to make sure they are properly vented and no gas connections leak. Make sure the electrical system is adequate. Flickering lights and popping breakers are the sign of a problem. Anchor handrails and grab bars adequately.

2. Preventive maintenance. Repair any leaks in the roof, seal gaps in the siding, paint bare wood, replace damaged decking, patch cracks in concrete, and caulk around tubs and showers.

3. Conserve energy.
Install a programmable thermostat, weatherstrip doors and windows, fix leaking faucets, upgrade insulation, and replace leaky windows.

4. Go green. Consider environmentally friendly materials for windows, doors, siding, decking, fencing, roofing, flooring, and insulation.

5. Improve comfort. Get rid of clutter, open up spaces, update window treatments to allow in more light, and organize closets and storage.