What is the best way to spend $1000 to remodel to get house ready for listing?

Asked by Tina Carroll, Peachtree City, GA Wed Oct 13, 2010

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Mack McCoy, Agent, Seattle, WA
Wed Oct 13, 2010
Cleaning. Make the kitchen sparkle, and make the bath so clean that a kid could drop his gum and put it back in his mouth without you flinching. Regrouting, replacing worn and discolored vinyl, cheap and makes a big difference.

Remodeling for resale is usually a pretty stupid thing to do. No matter what you upgrade, it just pushes some other neglected part of the home up the list. And, in plain language, most homeowners don't have the skills or the taste to undertake a remodel for the resale market.

$1000 bucks isn't much, but if you can make that home livable on the inside, you're in good shape.
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Kevin Olson,…, Agent, Colorado Springs, CO
Wed Oct 13, 2010
I would go with curb appeal. Getting people in the door is 1/2 the challenge. Good question.
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Gary Kaupman, , Ellijay, GA
Wed Oct 13, 2010
clean windows
beautiful towels
beautiful bedspreads
pay attention to lighting
annuals in the front yard and at entrance
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Suzanne MacD…, Agent, Morristown, NJ
Wed Oct 13, 2010
Depends, kitchens and baths sell a house, so make sure those are spruced up, a thorough cleaning and perhaps anew coat of paint? How is the curb appeal? So many times these days buyers start by searching the internet, then they drive by. No curb appeal, no appointment to view.

So, my recommendation would be curb appeal, then cleaning and paint, then kitchens and baths.
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Sidney Kutch…, Agent, Temecula, CA
Wed Oct 13, 2010
Use half on spiffing up the curb appeal. Then spend the rest on interior paint and cleaning.
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Gina Schedivy, Agent, Eden Prairie, MN
Wed Oct 13, 2010
I say put your money into the Curb Appeal. The best places to invest your money are in your kitchen and in your bathrooms. However, if the front exterior of your house doesn't look good, you won't get anyone in the door. I am talking about curb appeal. That means the front exterior of the house needs to be clean and possibly freshly painted. A new welcome matt, new house numbers and new front door hardware go a long away to making good first impressions. Do not ignore the front lawn and landscapiing. Make sure the front is weed-free and nicely trimmed. Mow the lawn, remove the clippings, trim the bushes, remove debris, sweep away cobwebs, wash the windows. Sometimes a new mailbox is in order, too. It really depends on what shape your house is currently in. Good Luck!
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