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Ethan Swiger
Petoskey & Northern Michigan Real Estate

231-881-6263

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Improving Your Home

These are some great ways to improve the value of your home, whether you are selling it or just seeking to infuse some new life into it. Interior renovations do not need to be the daunting "tear out a room" experience that many people think of when renovations are mentioned. There are many smaller and simpler ways to improve the visual impact of your home. And, if the time comes that you choose to sell the home, you will realize a greater profit if some of the following are observed.

1. Hardwood or Laminate Flooring - Both hardwood and laminate flooring is extremely popular right now and looks to be for quite some time. It is much easier to keep clean than carpet and adds thousands to the value of your home.

2. Tile Accents - Tiling in rooms like the bathroom and kitchen as opposed to linoleum is not only visually impressive, but easier to keep clean. Also tile accents around the fireplace and front door are a great touch. If you don't have a fireplace add a small "firebox," these are beautiful little all in one fireplaces that simply plug into the wall.

3. Decks & Porches - Is the old deck a little run down? If so maybe its time for a resurfacing and a coat of paint. Decks and porches are a huge selling feature so they should be in tip top shape. If the deck is wood, a good power washing will do wonders for its appearance, after that, re-varnish and seal it to protect the wood.

4. Paint - This can apply to both the interior and exterior. If any of the rooms in your home a feeling a little drab, why not spice them up with some new paint. Its a good idea to not be too adventurous with the colors if you are planning to sell the home, in this case neutral colors are best. On the exterior, new paint can make a world of difference. The right paint job can take years off the appearance of a home.

5. Landscaping - Landscaping it vital to the appearance of your home. If there age bushes and trees in front of your home, are they hiding it too much? Could the gardens use a little TLC? There are few things that can make a home more inviting than a well manicured yard.

6. General Cleanliness - This is one of the most important factors in the curb appeal of your home. A cluttered and untidy yard can cause potential buyers to move right past your home if the curb appeal is not up to par. You want people to be drawn into your home, to take notice and want to see more.

These things should be of great help in increasing your homes value, for sale or just for your own pleasure. Don't forget that doing these things to your home will only improve the value of your investment in the long run.  As you are getting closer to listing your home I am happy do a quick walk through of your home. I can let you know what a buyers eyes are going to see and make possible suggestions. 


Ethan Swiger | 231-881-6263 | Contact Me
3711 Atkins Rd - Petoskey, MI 49770
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