1. Paint the Exterior- A fresh coat of paint can give even a relatively new home a much needed facelift, and can often be done for as low as a few thousand dollars. Select a neutral tone that is consistent with other residences in the neighborhood. Also be sure to pay close attention to eaves, gutters, and drains that may also need painting.

2. Complete all needed repairs- To maximize a home's worth, it should be in good condition both inside and out. Don't wait until there is an offer on the home. Hire an inspector now, and fix any and all problems, such as roof deficiencies, leaky plumbing, and electrical concerns.

3. Upgrade front yard landscaping- Curb appeal plays a big role more so than people realize. Potential buyers driving the neighborhood may never call on the For Sale sign, if your home doesn't  look appealing from the outside. As well, buyers waiting for their Realtor to show up will often spend a good amount of time critiquing the landscaping while waiting. In addition to purposeful foliage, add landscape lighting and a weather and soil moisture-based landscape irrigation scheduling device to boost value even more.

4. Create a quick kitchen makeover- Kitchens are one of the number one room in the home where you'll get the most bang for your remodeling buck. Countertops and appliances are the quickest fix, as are faucets, fixtures, door knobs and other easily changed items that can have a large impact on the space.

5. Think spa, not bathroom- The master bath is an important a factor in a home's worth. Think spa, or private sanctuary, where the master bath is concerned. A space meant to be relaxing, rejuvenating, and more. Give buyers something to be excited about with upgraded faucets, fixtures, lighting, cabinetry, mirrors, and the like. Then dress it up with plants, candles, and other inexpensive, high impact  decor.

6. Install soft and hard window treatments-There's nothing more boring than a plain window. Take advantage of this easy opportunity to give the home's interior design more impact, while also increasing the home's actual worth. In addition to "hard" treatments such as blinds and shutters that offer privacy, also add soft treatments hung from decorative fixtures, which can alter the appeal of a room entirely. Look to a professional to ensure the best outcome.

7. Replace carpet rather than just cleaning- Rather than simply steam cleaning old, used carpet, replace it with fresh, neutral-toned carpet with an upgraded pad for an extra luxurious feel. Spending the extra money on new carpet will really make your home stand out from the crowd, in sight, feel, and even smell.

8. Don't overlook your closets- The better organized a closet, the larger it appears and the better it reflects on a home overall. Now is the time to box up those unwanted clothes and shoes and donate them to charity. Then, invest is a closet organization system-either by a professional or self-installed. And, of course, remember to remove all clutter from your home and clean until everything sparkles!

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