Five Resolutions for Improving Your Home

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Real Estate Agent with McCollough & Associates, Inc./Advance Realty

The New Year is a popular time for resolutions, so why not add some ideas for improving your home to your list.  
 
1. Rid Your Home of Clutter
If you're thinking about putting your home on the market, it's a known fact that homes with less clutter will sell faster. Go through your entire home, including the garage, and clear out anything that's no longer of use. You can even earn some money for your efforts by holding a garage sale or donating the items to charity.

2. Spring is for Cleaning
When was the last time you did a real Spring cleaning? One where you cleaned behind the oven and fridge, or pulled the books out of the bookcases before dusting? Keep in mind that a good spring cleaning doesn't have to take place in one day, and it can also start in winter, when you're inside due to the colder weather.

3. Deal with Roof "Issues"
Winter can wreak havoc on your home's roof, so early Spring is a good time to assess its condition. Loose or cracked shingles should be replaced, damaged or clogged gutters should be dealt with, and the chimney should be thoroughly inspected.

4. Go with the Flow
Plumbing is very important to both homeowners and homebuyers. Is the hot water hot enough? Do the showers have the perfect pressure? Does the toilet run longer than it should? Start paying attention to these "minor" issues and work to get them resolved.

5. Embrace the 21st Century
Look around your home and determine where it may be reflecting its age. For instance, if you've got "cottage cheese" ceilings, consider getting rid of them. It's a messy project, but it will improve the look and feel of your home and the value if you ever put your home on the market.

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Good points, I believe that a well maintain home, de-cluttered and clean, yes clean till it shines will sell quicker than the others. Thanks for the reminders.

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