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23 Cheap Upgrades That Will Actually Increase The Value of Your Home

Invest in your own future bank account.

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10. Add visible storage.

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Hidden storage might be good for living in a home, but buyers want to SEE a lot of storage space without having to open everything. A few extra shelves in a blank space can make a big difference. See how to easily add some floating shelves to a tiny bathroom here.

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11. Stow your personal tchotchkes.

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Buyers want to picture themselves in your home, not your whole extended family. While you're selling, stash the majority of your specifically personal heirlooms to make the space feel a little more like a blank slate.

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17. Paint the inside of your window frames.

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Most builder-grade windows are dark inside, sometimes even black. Painting the interior frames and transoms will make the window look bigger and more modern. See how to do it here.

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22. Call an inspector BEFORE you list.

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Potential buyers will hire their own inspector, but if there are problems you didn't know about, it can cost you a lot off your asking price. Go through all the things your pickiest buyer will have checked, and make sure there aren't any surprises.

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23. Ask your realtor what people are looking for, then do those things.

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Before you make any major changes, ask your own realtor what people ask for the most in your area, and then make those updates yourself. They are a treasure trove of knowledge about what people are looking for at the same time you are selling, and they want to make the sale just as much as you do.