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Try, try again: 6 tips for relisting a home

Consider low-cost improvements
Consider low-cost improvements © Anne Kitzman/

Sellers who plan to relist their homes for sale should consider making low-cost improvements to address concerns raised by buyers the first time. But don't go overboard, says Cannon Christian, president of Renovation Realty in San Diego.

"Painting, whether interior or exterior, is relatively low-cost and adds a quick revamp to your home," Christian says. "Another way to improve on a small budget is by cleaning up and trimming landscaping, and adding new, affordable plants. You want the best first impression and curb appeal for your property."

But that doesn't mean customizing the property to your tastes. Paint in neutral colors, and avoid making improvements beyond cosmetic changes. Expensive repairs seldom pay for themselves.


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