Why Didn't I Learn This in School: Home Hack Upgrades

Thinking about selling your house, but it could use a little TLC? You can't sweep all of your home problems under a giant rug. However, there are some cheap DIY hacks that can bump up the value of your home — sometimes by as much as 20 percent.

The exterior is a buyer's first impression —and sometimes a bucket, soap and water is all you need to clean it up. You can also rent a power washer and hit the deck, the stairs and gutters.

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Add some curb appeal by taming your overgrown lawn, adding a splash of color into the landscaping and giving shape to those hedges. Also consider tacking on some new address digits to keep things looking fresh and new.

Before shelling out those big bucks to paint your entire home, try painting shutters and doors to really make your property pop.

In terms of the interior, bold colors don't always mean beautiful. In fact, bright hues tend to devalue overtime. Stick to neutral colors, but stay away from plain white walls.

Check out the features homebuyers desire the most:

13 features homeowners want the most
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13 features homeowners want the most

1. A laundry room (92%)

2. ENERGY STAR® appliances (90%)
3. Exterior lighting (90%)
5. ENERGY STAR® windows (87%)
6. Ceiling fan (86%)
7. Patio (84%)
8. Full bathroom on main level (83%)
9. Hardwood on main floor (82%)
10. Insulation higher than required by code (81%)
11. Garage storage (81%)

12. Table space for eating in kitchen (80%)

13. Walk-in pantry (80%)

When it comes to selling value, the kitchen is the most important room of the house. Finish off those cabinet doors with some upgraded hardware, and add a kitchen island for extra counter space and style.

When it comes to the bathroom, consider changing the sink faucet, installing a new medicine cabinet, and getting a new toilet seat. New shower curtains and rugs can go a long way in making things fresh, too. You can also replace light switch covers for a quick fix, and add shelves in a closet for extra storage.

So, stop dreaming and start fixing.

Getting top dollar for your house today can finance your reality tomorrow.

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