Are you uneasy about the housing market? Many homeowners have used the slump in sales to invest in improving their home so they're poised for success when there's a rebound. Even if you can't afford big-scale additions or home renovations, there are ways to spiff up your home now so it stands apart from the competition.
Some projects are simple enough to complete on your own, while others may require assistance from a qualified contractor. For around two or three hundred dollars you can upgrade your landscaping, presenting would-be buyers with eye candy. For between $2,000 and $7,000, you can really dress up your home with the help of a landscaping or a painting contractor.
If you don't have major structural problems, or have addressed the major issues in your home and are ready to enter the market, here are several winning ideas:
Thinking small doesn't mean you're a cheapskate. A relatively modest investment now can bring great returns when you sell.
About the author: Woodrow Aames has written articles and profiles for Yahoo, Microsoft Network, Microsoft Encarta, and other websites and print magazines around the world. He holds an MFA degree and has taught English abroad.