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It’s a great time for enthusiastic buyers to get home loans, so if you’re selling your house, you’ll want to maximize its market value. You can start by adding features that make properties more valuable and easier to sell. Not all of them are expensive, and some you can even implement without a professional contractor. Consider adding the following upgrades before your scheduled appraisal.

A Fresh Coat of Paint 

Paint is the least expensive upgrade. It has the amazing power to cover a multitude of minor injuries, and make rooms look brand new. Choose neutral, light shades; these make rooms appear larger and maximize natural light. Don’t forget to repaint your trim in glossy white.

New Siding

New exterior siding guarantees that your home is protected from the elements for years. Siding is also important for making a good first impression; buyers looking for a newer home will be pleased to see a clean, updated look.

Upgraded Windows

Up to 40 percent of a home’s heat loss is through its windows. Today’s buyers are interested in saving energy and money, so modern, energy-efficient windows are sure to bring smiles of approval. Installing Energy Star windows can also make you eligible for a tax credit.

Kitchen Counters

Kitchen upgrades are particularly appealing to home buyers. Old, stained or damaged countertops can ruin the look of an otherwise attractive kitchen, so consider replacing or resurfacing them.

New Floors

Replacing worn carpets can give a home new life, especially if you’re also adding new paint. In kitchens and bathrooms, consider laminate or tile instead of vinyl flooring.

New Plumbing Fixtures

Home buyers like to see shiny, new faucets and shower heads. If your fixtures are old and worn, replace them with new, modern ones. This is a relatively inexpensive way to make bathrooms and kitchens look more appealing, and it improves the room’s functionality.

A Finished Basement

If you have unused basement or loft space, transforming it into attractive living space increases your home’s resale value and its allure to larger families.

Create an Appealing Ambiance

In addition to making structural or cosmetic changes, be sure to make your home appealing by keeping it clean, uncluttered and free from odors. When potential buyers can visualize themselves living in your gorgeous house, they’ll be racing each other to First Mortgage Solutions to apply for home loans. If you’re thinking of making a move and need a home loan to make your home-owning dreams a reality, contact First Mortgage Solutions. You can start the loan application process online and find valuable information and resources.

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