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Homeowners have unique remodeling preferences when selling

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 10:07:39 AM

Selling a home can be a complicated, overwhelming and frustrating task. However, it doesn't need to be that way, and one of the greatest allies to a homeowner during this time is a remodeling project. Acquiring and spending home improvement financing can improve the value of the property, increase buyer interest and get it off the market quickly.

In fact, owners looking to sell have unique preferences when it comes to what home improvement professionals they call in for help. According to a Porch.com study, handymen are the most popular in the Northeast, with 35 percent of respondents going this route, followed by window contractors at 21 percent and plumbers at 15 percent. 

"As we transition into fall and winter, homeowners planning to sell or a buy a home should invest in the right home improvement projects to appeal to potential buyers, or to protect a recently purchased home," said Matt Ehrlichman, CEO at Porch.com.

Picking the right improvements before selling can make or break the deal. According to FrontDoor.com, the best place to start is in the bathroom, with most minor renovations bringing back more money once sold. Also popular are landscaping, kitchen renovations and updating the exterior.