4 Simple Tweaks That Will Enhance Your Home’s Value

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4 Simple Tweaks That Will Enhance Your Home’s Value
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ShopSmart magazine did a Top 10 list of things you could do to your home that have the greatest payoff in enhanced value.

These easy DIY projects will increase your property’s value

Years ago, a real estate agent told me the No. 1 thing you can do at the lowest cost is paint the front door. Well, ShopSmart agrees. This is an easy fix that will cost you $40 on average.

Of course, painting your front door can backfire. I was driving with my son through a very traditional neighborhood and saw one homeowner who painted their door neon yellow! But if you just stick with a conservative color, you should be just fine to do this yourself. 

Next on the ShopSmart list was eliminating clutter with simple storage systems that can cost $50 and up.

Third on the list was painting high traffic areas. I’ve seen this one in my own home, where we’ve scuffed and dinged all the usual parts of a house. But when somebody comes to look at a home for sale, they are trying to buy their dream — not the reality where you scuffed up the house!

Fourth on the list is one that I would only recommend if you are going to stay in the home for a while: Change out the toilets in your house. My producer Joel changes his own toilets and got a rebate from the water company for the $99 value of his new toilet.

To see the full list, subscribe to ShopSmart magazine.

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Clark Howard About the author:
Clark Howard is a consumer expert whose goal is to help you keep more of the money you make. His national radio show and website show you ways to put more money in your pocket, with advice you can trust. More about Clark
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