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1_iStock_74322623_LARGE-793x496 If you’re about to put your home on the market, or even if you just want to keep the future resale value of your home in mind as you renovate, it’s important to know which renovations are recommended. More specifically, what renovations will add value to your Maine house? Here are some of the best changes you can make to your home if you want to increase its value.

Doors and Windows
The good news is that upgrading doors and windows is not only affordable for most homeowners, but it’s also likely to add value to the home. If your front door is pretty plain or just not in good shape, switching it out for a new, improved door is a good way to increase curb appeal. In fact, you can increase your home’s value by nearly the entire cost of the new door, making one of the best renovations available.

Replacing your old, single-pane windows with newer, more energy-efficient windows is another way to improve value. After all, who doesn’t want to save money on their energy bill? The best part is that while this will appeal to buyers in Maine, you’ll also benefit from it as you wait for the house to sell.

New Kitchen
If your kitchen is rather basic or even in disrepair, it’s time to upgrade it before you try to sell your home. After all, the kitchen is often considered the most important room in the house. However, you don’t need a gourmet kitchen that’s nicer than the kitchens in the rest of the neighborhood. Otherwise, it will be hard to get much of your investment back when it’s time to sell.

You can start small by adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls and new hardware for the cabinets and drawers. If you have room in your budget, adding granite or quartz countertops and a backsplash can also update your kitchen. And of course, replacing old, outdated appliances with brand new, energy-efficient ones will help your kitchen appeal to buyers looking for their next home in Maine.

Bathroom Makeover
The bathrooms are also among the most important parts of the house, so make sure yours are updated. Like the kitchen, you can start out painting the walls and putting fresh hardware on the drawers and cabinets. You can also add some practical touches, like shelves and towel racks as needed.

If your bathrooms need a little more help to impress buyers, consider replacing the sink, countertops, shower, or tub. And of course, if you only have one bathroom in your house, adding at least a half bath can often increase the value of your home. But consider talking to your real estate agent before making any major decisions like this, since you’ll want to have some idea of what your home is worth right now before you spend money renovating.

In fact, you should talk to a Maine real estate agent before you put your home on the market, whether you believe it needs renovations or not. Contact us today if you’re ready to go over your options for selling your Maine home.

About the Author

As a broker specializing in multi-units and single family homes in Southern Maine, Veronica Schneider joined the real estate industry in August of 2004 bringing with her over eight years of experience in real estate management. You can find Veronica and Green Tree Realty on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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As a Portland Maine real estate agency Green Tree Realty specializes in Residential and Investment real estate for southern Maine buyers, sellers and investors looking in the Androscoggin, Cumberland and York counties residential and investment markets.

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