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3 Simple and Cost-Effective Home Improvements to Help Sell Your Home

The markets are changing. Interest rates are climbing. Real estate sales are shifting. What does this mean for selling your home? One of the main ways you can help maximize your sale is by making key home improvements that enhance your property.

Barb Furman and Katie Carter-Kennedy are agents of the Furman Carter-Kennedy Group within Greene Realty. Barb has been an agent since -- and her core values have always been based on integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, effective negotiation skills, and a high-quality professional networking environment.

Katie Carter-Kennedy has been working together with Barb and her team since 2004 and prides herself on open and transparent communication in every relationship she develops. Together, they have helped dozens of clients amplify their home sales by making simple home improvement recommendations.

So, what easy and cost-effective home improvements do they recommend?


Painting (In and Out)

Painting is an easy and cost-effective way to update your home and keep up with modern aesthetics. Whether you paint the interior yourself or hire a professional to put a new face on your exterior, a good paint job is a key to getting buyers to your home.

“It’s so easy and cheap,” Barb says. “It makes your home fresh and gives a good first impression.”



Speaking of first impressions, a well-manicured front lawn can make a huge difference when selling your home. Green grass, well-trimmed edges, and strategically placed plants and trees are very attractive to prospective home buyers and can be maintained inexpensively.

“Curb appeal is hugely important,” Katie says. “People love driving up to a home and envisioning themselves living there.”

Conversely, lackluster landscaping can just as easily turn buyers away.

“A buyer might think twice just because of landscaping,” Katie says. “They might be wondering what else is wrong with the house.”



Flooring is one of the first things a buyer will notice when they walk into a home. Whether it’s beautiful hardwood or clean and modern carpeting, your flooring can capture the essence of your home and connect all rooms together.

And flooring no longer requires tremendous resources to accomplish.

“You really can get good flooring for reasonable pricing,” Barb says. “You can do it yourself or get flooring done professionally.”


You Can Do it…if you’re willing to sweat

In a changing market, every little home modification, update, or improvement can make a difference, and contrary to conventional wisdom, there are plenty of home improvements that can maximize your home sale without breaking the bank before you sell.

“You can definitely make effective updates without spending a lot of money,” Barb says. “You just have to find them and work a little bit.”



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