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Increase Your Home's Value Through Do-It-Yourself Tricks

According to a recent study by HomeGain, do-it-yourself home upgrades can come in very handy when it's time to sell.

The survey said the #1 way to boost your home's worth while not spending a fortune is to declutter and clean the home as best you can.

The second most important thing you should do to help your home's appeal is to lighten it up. Freshen the walls with a light color, open your shades, and let sunlight in. No one is going to see all the beautiful details your home has to offer if the interior is full of shadows.

Other important tips include updating electrical and plumbing issues, maintaining great landscaping, home staging, shampooing carpets, updating the kitchen and bathrooms, and painting the exterior.

Many of these projects are inexpensive and give a high return on investment, so give them a try before listing to see what they can do for your home's value.

Jeff Mateja is the CEO/REALTOR at Universal Properties at Keller Williams Realty in Portland, Maine, and founder of, a blog about everything Portland, Maine, and beyond. Jeff also offers two premier home search tools for Buyers via and If you would like further information on any blog topics, please e-mail Jeff Mateja.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsJeff Mateja • May 02 2012 01:22PM


Jeff, you are right on - ALL Valid points! Thanks for posting today.

Posted by David Burrows, No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate (Classic Realty) over 6 years ago


I have an awesome ebook (free) that you can give to your sellers and will help them prep the house for sale. If you would like a copy just drop me a line:


Posted by Vanessa Helmick, Interior Designer (Fiore Interiors) over 6 years ago