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If you're getting ready to sell your home, you may be wondering what you can do to help it sell quickly. How can you make your home more appealing without investing a lot of time or money? The answer could lie in updating some of your home's fixtures.


Update Your Lighting to Impress Homebuyers


Few things can make a room look more drab and dated than old, dingy light fixtures. You might be surprised at the affordability of stylish new fixtures. Most require only the most basic do-it-yourself knowledge to install. Buyers are always impressed by energy efficiency, so consider choosing LED or other low energy usage options.


To maximize curb appeal, begin with your porch light. Inside, new lighting in your kitchen and main living space will give you the greatest return on your investment. A well-lit room looks larger and more impressive than a poorly lit one does. Therefore, be sure to use the brightest lamp or bulb (measured in lumens) your fixture is rated for.

 

Quick Kitchen Upgrade: New Faucet


Arguably, the kitchen is the most important room in any home. However, a kitchen remodel is notoriously expensive, and few sellers will see a return on such an investment. Installing a new faucet in the sink is an easy, economical way to make your kitchen more appealing to potential homebuyers.

 

You don't necessarily need to spend several hundred dollars, but skip the builder's grade faucets and opt for something impressive. Lift-outs are especially popular. Another tip: if your sink currently has a separate sprayer and you upgrade to a lift-out faucet, pick up a matching soap dispenser to install in the hole left by your old sprayer. These features can give your whole kitchen a bit of modern appeal.

 

Bathroom Facelift: Updated Fixtures 

 

You can give a bathroom a whole new look by updating a few fixtures. Decide if you need new lighting, as above. Then, update your faucets. Matching the sink, tub and shower fixtures will give your bathroom a cohesive, professionally designed look. You may want to replace the toilet handle as well; it's usually best to match either the color of the tank or the other fixtures in the room.


Even if your bathroom and kitchen have served you for many years, these new fixtures can give your place a stylish, modern feel - and help you put your best foot forward when you sell your home.


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Whether you are looking for your first home or moving up to the home of your dreams, having an experienced real estate broker or agent in your corner is a must. Real estate is a very specialized industry, and it requires a special kind of expertise. Choosing the right broker can make every part of the home buying process - from identifying the ideal property to finding an affordable mortgage to deciphering the confusing paperwork - a lot easier.

Before you attend a single open house or drive around your chosen neighbourhood, you should shop for a great real estate broker. You will want to choose a broker who is experienced in the neighbourhoods you are looking at, one who can help you with the ins-and-outs of the home buying process. Local expertise is particularly important, since it will help you target the right areas based on your purchase criteria.

Communicating Your Needs

Having a great broker in your corner is important, but what comes next will be even more critical. It is not enough to be a passive part of the home buying process - the relationship with your broker should be a positive partnership.

A big part of that positive partnership is communicating your wants and needs. You should work with your broker to create a list, and you should communicate your desires clearly.

Separating wants and needs is very important, since it will help your broker identify the most promising properties. If you have your heart set on granite countertops, your broker will not waste your time showing you houses with butcher block counters. Knowing your wants and needs ahead of time will make the job of the broker easier, but it will also simplify your home shopping process.

Sharing the Search

Even after communicating your wants and needs, you can further foster a positive relationship with your broker. While your real estate broker has access to a full range of listings, he or she cannot be everywhere. If you see a home you like, send it to your broker. Sharing the search will be good for everyone, so feel free to do some freelance shopping.

There are plenty of great websites designed with the home buyer in mind, and their listings are updated on a daily or even an hourly basis. You can even set your own search criteria and get notifications when a home fitting your needs shows up. Either way, sharing the search duties with your brokers will help you make the most of your home shopping.

Fostering a positive relationship with your real estate broker is an essential part of finding the perfect home. From communicating your wants and needs to sharing the search duties, there are plenty of ways to create such a partnership. With your combined efforts, you will have the home of your dreams before you know it.

 

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