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Charlie Glahe WIN Broomfield

Making a home improvement checklist

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Summer is a great time to make home improvements, especially for property sellers. As the housing market gradually improves, home sellers could benefit.

Currently, more property sellers are obtaining multiple offers at or close to their initial asking prices than they have in years, a trend that may continue over the next few months. By acting quickly, numerous property sellers could obtain top dollar for their houses without delay. 

Creating a home improvement checklist is often a great first step for those who want to renovate their residences. However, there are several factors that should be considered when developing this list.

The quality of a house
To improve a home, property sellers must take a close look at its interior and exterior. A comprehensive property inspection is incredibly valuable, however, as it enables home sellers to evaluate a residence's condition and move closer to listing it on the real estate market. 

Jeanne Huber, a contributor to The Washington Post, points out that cleaning out a garage is ideal for property owners to instantly improve a home. Property owners can host garage sales to get rid of items they do not use regularly, or may even consider listing items online as well. Meanwhile, eliminating clutter allows a homeowner to complete an in-depth house inspection.

The costs of renovations
Unfortunately, a home inspection can be revealing and may lead some property owners to completely overhaul their houses. A step-by-step approach to renovations usually benefits home sellers, enabling them to gradually enhance the quality of their properties before making them available to homebuyers.

Developing a budget is sometimes helpful as well and allows property owners to determine which renovations are most pressing. Additionally, home sellers can create a home improvement schedule and monitor their progress along the way. 

Simple and complex changes
When improving a home, starting small and working toward complex renovations can benefit home sellers. Simple repairs are typically less expensive as well, and homeowners who have tight budgets could make minor improvements to bolster the quality of a house.

Danny Portman, a home improvement specialist, told Wilmette Life that replacing broken switch plates and light bulbs can help property owners immediately. Over extended periods of time, home sellers also can complete more complicated repairs, ensuring that their residences will garner plenty of attention from property buyers in the near future.