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No Need to Fear Home Improvements

Thinking of selling, but afraid your home looks a little like 1313 Mockingbird Lane, where the Munsters lived? It’s probably not that scary, but the last thing you want is for potential buyers to tour your house and get scared away by the amount of work they’d need to do to bring it into the 21st century. If you need to make any repairs before listing, consider getting the work nailed down now. 

Five reasons to tackle frightening home improvement projects this season:

  1. Save on labor. Fall through winter is a slower time of year for most contractors. Get on their schedule now before they get bogged down with a flurry of jobs that drive prices up in the spring. 
  2. Get a jump start on your competition. If you start planning and budgeting for home improvement projects now, you stand a better chance of being Open House ready for the spring selling season. 
  3. Lock in low interest rates on loans. If you’re considering a home equity loan or line of credit to make home renovations or repairs, you may never get a lower rate. 
  4. Prep your home for the holidays. Your family will have plenty of time to celebrate the holidays in your house stress-free if you complete home improvements in the fall. 
  5. Make yourself feel better. Winter can be a gloomy time of year. Giving your home a fresh look just might make the winter months more bearable. 

Not sure where to start, or what projects to plan for? A certified home pre-inspection is one way to assess what needs to be fixed before listing your home. It can also give you a leg up with buyers when they find out that your home has already been pre-inspected by a professional.

Tell us in the comments: What frightens you about home improvement projects?