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Home Improvement Guide 2007
First things first
Before launching into any home improvement project you should carefully consider your motivations and goals.
First things first
Quick rules of thumb: Remodeling for resale

When planning a home improvement project, you may have favorite "must do" projects, but it pays to design with resale in mind. Try these seven quickies:

  • Select neutral colors: It creates a blank-canvas effect for potential buyers.

  • Upgrade your kitchen first: It's the one room buyers use consistently to determine how well a house has been maintained.
  • Paint, paint, paint: It's the quickest and least expensive makeover technique. If the exterior paint is faded or weather-beaten, a fresh coat of paint is a cost-effective sales tool.

  • Hide those flaws: Textured wallpapers and faux wall finishes hide a multitude of surface flaws.

  • Focus on floors: Whether wood, tile, laminate or vinyl, make sure they're inviting, not cracked or discolored. Again, neutrals sell best, natural wood best of all.

  • Cost-cutting ideas: Use wood or tile to dress up laminate countertops; stencil that backsplash instead of installing tile; consider marble sheets instead of ceramic tile for that tub surround.

  • Keep all options open: One man's workshop is another man's wine cellar. Don't eliminate options when you remodel rooms.
-- Posted: April 4, 2007
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