Evaluating Ugly House Features: What You Can Fix and What You Should Ditch

Beauty can certainly be in the eye of the beholder and that holds true for real estate as well as anything else. Sometimes a series of small improvements to a home can mean more than investing in a significant remodeling project for one room. If you are the DIY type who is always looking for a good real estate investment, then it helps to know what features are worth fixing up and which ones should be left alone.

Location

Real Estate Location

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Some of the elements of a good real estate investment are out of your control, but can still work to your advantage. A home that needs some quick fix-up done to it in a good neighborhood is going to be worth the investment. If the area is known for its good schools and relatively close location to everything a family could need, then a coat of paint and some gardening in the front yard could turn that investment into a profit.

Kitchen Upgrades

Kitchen Upgrades

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Contrary to popular belief, kitchen remodeling projects do not need to be difficult or expensive. You can paint the kitchen cabinets, put down a new floor, or resurface the countertops to get a kitchen that looks brand new without spending a fortune. If you take down that wallpaper and paint the walls a neutral color, then you can add some significant value to your home.

Lawn Edging

Lawn Edging

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When it comes to curb appeal, sharp lines help to make a yard look so much better. When you look at a property, the first thing you see is the driveway and the front walkway. If you were to do something as simple as edge the lawn along the driveway and walkway, then you will add a sense of structure to the landscaping and add value to the home.

Add Lighting

Lighting Sells Houses

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When you are showing a home, it is important that your prospective buyers be able to see the entire property. Insufficient lighting will make the home look dark and undesirable. You can invest in having more windows and skylights installed, or you could go the budget route and just install more overhead lighting. The light fixtures that hang from the ceiling and can be plugged into the wall outlet will enhance the look of your home. Ditch the lighting fixtures that look dated and offer very little light.

Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom Remodeling

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The common misconception is that a $10,000 bathroom remodeling project will add $20,000 value to the home. While a clean and functional bathroom is important to the sale of a home, investing a lot of money into a remodeling project is a bad idea. It will be difficult to get your money back and a full bathroom remodeling project is not a great DIY idea.

Real estate can be a tricky DIY project. You want to get the maximum effect, but you do not want to spend a lot of time or money. When you understand which projects give you the best return for dollar, then you can use your DIY skills to improve the value of your home.

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