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Area of Home
   Recommended Action
  Average Cost
  Increase in Selling Price
  Average Return on Investment
Lighten and brighten   Replace any burnt-out bulbs and use higher wattage bulbs, if possible. Have defective electrical components repaired or replaced. Make sure skylights are clear and keep drapes open during the day.   $ 98   $538 - $865   619%
Clean /
  Remove clutter by storing items in basement, attic or friend's home. Rent a storage space or sell excess items, if needed. Keep every room very clean during open homes. Do pre-open house cleanliness inspections.   $ 279   $1,594 - $2,058   556%
Staging   Buy some fresh flowers, live plants and other decorations to liven up the home. Dispose of old furniture or other large items. Consider renting furniture or hiring a staging consultant.   $ 612   $1,466 - $2,362   213%
Yard   Store away personal effects from front yard. Hire gardener or landscaper to trim back the overgrowth and maintain yard. Make sure that your lawn has a healthy green appearance.   $ 398   $1,013 - $1,361   198%
Update kitchen and bath   Update kitchen and baths by resurfacing cabinets or painting with neutral color. Replace toilet seats, dated fixtures and drawer/cabinet handles. Freshly caulk and redo grout in countertops, sinks, tubs and showers.   $ 1,549   $2,817 - $4,641   141%
Plumbing and electrical   Consider repairing or replacing any defective plumbing or electrical items in your home. Make sure you have the right person for the job by getting several estimates.   $ 309   $550 - $816   121%
Paint interior   Repair any damaged interior walls by patching all chips, holes and cracks; then touch up or repaint interior walls with neutral color.   $ 1,422   $1,891 - $2,550   56%
Flooring   Repair and refinish damaged floors, or cover with neutral-colored wall to wall carpet and note damage in your disclosure.   $ 1,566   $1,842 - $2,362   34%
Carpeting   If carpets are only lightly soiled, shampooing and/or spot removal should suffice. If there are rips, fading, heavy wear, smells or deep stains, replace with neutral color.   $ 2,798   $3,268 - $3,828   27%
Paint exterior   Repaint or resurface the outside walls of house, as needed. Patch and repair any damaged areas.   $ 2,119   $2,299 - $2,862   22%
* This report represents a consensus of the polled agents' opinions and is for general information and illustration purposes only. Actual costs and benefits may vary due to geography, market conditions and home characteristics. Before contemplating any real estate improvement project always consult a reputable local resource for personalized advice.

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