The real estate business is one that can take quite some time to master. Especially for homeowners who are professional real estate agents, selling or buying a house can be especially challenging.

If you are a homeowner who is listing an asset for sale, chances are that this is the first home that you are selling. To you, as a resident, it probably seems quite comfortable and, apart from the minor repairs, fit to live in. On the other hand are people who are looking to purchase a property. While they too have experience in living in a home that is used on a daily basis, from a buyer’s perspective, the home they are looking for seems very different in their mind. Even though they are in the market to buy a used property, their demands will often be sky-high and what they have in mind is something akin to a brand-new house out of a property magazine.

If you were to bring your house to top condition, it would cost a lot of time and money. For many buyers, this simply isn’t an option, as they are looking to invest the proceeds from the sale into their next home rather than spend more money on their existing home. The reality is that you can get a much better price for your home if you spend a bit of money on redoing some of the most important parts of the structure. Here are some of the key areas that people have an eye out for when they are looking for a home. Making sure these parts are in good condition will help create a better image of your home and might even earn you a higher profit than you expected.

1.  Flooring

Flooring has a big impact on the look and feel of a house. Whether that is your driveway, the garage floor, or the dining room floor, all flooring is important. In fact, if you have a garden on the property, you want to make sure the grass is cut and flower beds have been weeded. Presentation is key. If you really want to take it to the next level, consider flooring that increases the home’s value, or at least look into restoring your current flooring. This is particularly important if you have sensitive kinds of flooring, such as wooden paneling or carpets. Since these materials easily absorb stains and get damaged, they leave a poor impression if they are in a bad condition.

2.  Roofing

This is another part of the house that is very prominent and hard to miss. Even if you have very sturdy slate tiles if they haven’t been looked after they probably aren’t in their best condition. Especially if you live in a cold climate, snow can really harm roofing. Luckily, a bit of care can solve the problem. Rather than replacing it all, you can learn more at about how you can repair parts of the roof and service it to return some degree of life to it. If you have solar panels on the roof, then test out the system and see how it is performing. You don’t want to tell someone you have solar only to find out it is not performing anywhere near its optimum level. Again, a good clean can help this situation as well.

3.  Kitchen

The kitchen is where a lot of time is spent. Whether you are a single person or you have a family, chances are you will need to cook, and you will need for the kitchen to be in good condition. The kitchen has a big impact on home value, as new buyers don’t want to go through the hassle of a kitchen remodeling. Moreover, it can cost quite a bit of time and money to have it revived. Doing simple repairs around the kitchen and making it presentable will save you a lot of trouble.

The bathroom is another area that is overlooked by homeowners, but to buyers, it is very important. While you might have gotten used to the slightly blocked shower, someone who is paying for a new house expects the bathroom to be in good condition. Most bathroom repairs will not cost too much, however, replacements can be expensive. Have your plumber evaluate the bathrooms in the house and make repairs where necessary.

If you want to get the most money for your property, make this area shine. Overall it’s not about having the most expensive equipment or designer fittings. The important thing is the condition of the property. If you can show that it is well maintained, you can get a better price no matter what the market conditions are.

David M. Higgins II is an award-winning journalist passionate about uncovering the truth and telling compelling stories. Born in Baltimore and raised in Southern Maryland, he has lived in several East...

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