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Great advice if you are contemplating a sale

If you’re thinking of sprucing up your home before you sell – keep in mind the cost of the upgrade versus the benefit YOU are going to get out of it. Because someone might not have the same idea.

From Yahoo Homes:

Adding unique features to your home makes sense if you like those things and are planning on enjoying them yourself, according to Moeslein. Just don’t expect to recover the total cost when you’re ready to sell.

Other contractors agree: “If you are considering adding a ‘special touch’ to your home to entice new buyers, save your money,” says Aja Covell, a certified general contractor and the owner of Investcove Properties, a residential development company.

Why? These personal touches – anything from funky kitchen tile to accent paint to wall decals – make it harder for other families to picture themselves living in the house.

Instead of adding unconventional touches to your home, consider updating different elements in your kitchen – like your cabinets, for example. Complete kitchen remodels can be complicated and costly, but small upgrades take less time, cost less, and can often be done without even hiring a contractor.

Erica Lugbill, the owner and lead designer of¬†Lugbill Designs, a Chicago-based residential design firm, recommends focusing on small “face-lift” projects, such as painting your cabinets, switching out your hardware, installing a tile backsplash, or replacing the countertops.

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