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1.)  Spruce up the siding:  Here's your chance to make a great first impression.  If your siding is in bad shape, your home will likely earn the title of fixer-upper.  You can usually judge a book by its cover, so old siding sets the tone for expectations of what potential buyers will find inside.  Try adding curb appeal and lower maintenance with composite siding.  Cement boarding is efficient, it lasts, and it's no maintenance. 

2.)  Invest in a kitchen remodel:  Having the same old tired kitchen in a 1978 house is likely to stop a home from selling.  If you have the yardage, extend your kitchen into the backyard.  Size really matters when it comes to kitchens- the bigger the better!  It won't be cheap, but it will be a great investment.  It could be the difference between being able to sell or not in a tighter market.

3.)  Create or renovate a master suite:  Master suites aren't just a luxury anymore- they're an expected feature.  On average, 33% of home buyers are more than likely to buy a home that has recently been renovated.  If you can work within the footprint of your house, you're going to increase your return on investment.  When buyers walk into a master suite, they want to see a cozy open space with a nice closet.  Always try to squeeze in every bit of stroage space you can. 

4.)  Refurbish the basement:  A lot of basements are plain, empty, and unused spaces that rarely see any visitors.  Don't let all that space go to waste!  Create an entertainment area that will wow your guests.  Adding a bar area, seating, and beatiful finishes will add character and value to your home.  

5.)  Remodel your bathroom:  Transform an ugly duckling into a swan of a master bath by finding more space, but not with an addition.  Stealing space can be a better solution if you can find the extra square footage.  Open up a closet to create more room, make separate his-and-her areas with separate sinks, or add a skylight to bring in natural light.  Updating the tub and tile are also great ideas.  

6.)  Liven up the landscaping:  Turn your landscape into a destination hot spot with plenty of seating, elegant water features, and lush plants.  You could even add extra square footage for entertaining by laying a brick or paver patio.  

7.)  Get a new roof:  A shabby roof leaves a first impression that the current homeowners do not take good care of the place.  If the roof is plain, flat and turning green in the corners, people will look at it and see major problems that could be showing inside the home, too.  From a purely aesthetic standpoint, a new roof that is architecturally interesting can only be a plus. 

8.)  Add another bath:  There is no such thing as too many bathrooms.  If your home has fewer faucets than beds, you might want to consider adding a bathroom.  A basement is typically a great place to add an extra bath.

9.)  Paint, paint, paint:  Don't be afraid of paint.  It is one of the easiest and least expensive things to do to dramatically change the look of your home.  Here are some tips: If you are not sure about your color sense, think classic and neutral.  A future buyer needs to be able to picture their things in the room, and too much personalization can prevent that.  If your painting skills are below par, hire somebody.  In the end, it evens out because nothing is worse than a bad paint job.  

10.)  Update the home office:  More and more people are working out of their homes these days.  Turn an unused den or an old office into an inviting work space with new windows, a fresh coat of paint, and built-in shelving.  

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