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Home improvements that will meet homebuyer expectations, market standards

Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 2:37:53 PM

With the number of new homes being constructed rising each day, and the inventory of existing houses continuing to expand, homeowners looking to list their property on the market may find themselves competing for attention with more modern, updated homes.

When trying to boost the attractiveness of your home, remember to pay as much attention to the interior as exterior, and consider replacing the outdated features your property boasts. Taking advantage of home improvement financing to make the necessary changes can help you to get the work done fast, and possibly see an appreciated home value.

Efficient floor plans that allow for ample storage
You probably won't want to undertake the restructuring of your home's passageways, but including closet space where there had been unused space can go a long way toward impressing prospective homebuyers. An insulated attic is also an attractive feature, allowing for out-of-sight storage in a mild climate.

High-end, energy-saving appliances
Old washers, dryers, ovens, refrigerators and dishwashers can make even the most updated rooms look antiquated. Replacing the appliances with newer, stainless steel models will entice homebuyers, as they recognize they wouldn't have to make the purchases themselves after finalizing the home sale. If you're worried about the cost, consider obtaining residential lending. When selling your house, you can ask for a higher price, and easily pay off your loan.