Paying attention to your home's finer points matters when it comes to buying and selling.

In an attempt to gain an edge on the competition, home sellers consider all sorts of ways to improve, embellish, accentuate, update and upgrade every nut and bolt.  Combining high function with high style maximizes comfort, improves marketability and increases home value.

Buyers are no less relentless when it comes to a property's particulars, as they want to fetch top quality for their dollars.  Make sure you don't go overboard on the upgrades, though: A clean floor is a simple improvement.  Adding so much to the home that its worth rises above the AVERAGE VALUE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD but you probably won't see a return on your hard work, as this is expected.

Whether you are improving the home you live in or preparing to sell, here is a closer look at some other upgrades worth the expense.


Upgrades here significantly increase home resale value, with returns on investments north of 75%.  Kitchen improvements to consider include the following:

Refinish Cabinets; Improve lighting, modern appliances, paint, new faucets and sinks


Adding amenities that give your bathroom a "hotel look" are worth the expense.  Some simple and affordable ideas include the following:

Hang a new shower curtain, Install a double shower head with a spray holder, re-tile the tub, decorate with matching towel set, clear away extra items from counter, up-to-date vanity tops and mirrors, and upgrade the lighting.


Hardwood is the current crowd pleaser in home flooring, and its worth the money.  There are other ways to make your floors shine.

Refinish existing hardwood floors, repair cracked, chipped or loose tiles


When it comes to real estate value, the state of the roof is crucial.  One due for replacing could turn off potential buyers.  Make sure to address these issues:

Repair any trouble areas or leaks, check for loose shingles, consider what you can fix-and what needs a professional to do.


Room Layout:   Maximizing open space is an inexpensive way to increase home value and buyer appeal.  Decrease clutter by storing children's toys and books, extra bedding, ironing boards, shoes, out-of-season clothing, luggage and more.

Windows:  Replacing or repairing windows is another high-return investment.  To update your home and increase energy efficiency, invest in modern double glazed windows that decrease drafts.

Open and Shut:  Do the toilets flush properly?  Do the doors and windows close smoothly? Do the faucets leak? Do the door locks turn correctly?

Upgrade the lighting throughout the house.


When it comes to your prized possession, it pays to be a stickler for details.  Especially if you're selling your home, potential buyers will check everything.  The smallest detail might make them wonder about the rest of the house.  Don't give them an excuse, so check these following items thoroughly:

Replace old knobs, handles and switch-plates with modern, attractive alternatives.

Change to energy efficient florescent light bulbs, which last 10 times longer as traditional bulbs and use less than one-third the energy.

Check that your porch lights work and that your house number is visible both day and night





based on the original article by Deena Weinberg