Realtor shares 5 'finishing touches' that add value to homes

When people think about home improvement projects, they tend to think BIG.  Remodeled kitchens and bathrooms top the list.  Not only do these big projects make your home more enjoyable to live in while you are still there, they tend to make your house easier to sell when you are ready to move.

However, big projects are not always affordable, or necessary, to really add some style and sophistication to your home.  

Before talking about the finishing touches, you have to take care of the basics first.  Your first step is to focus on home maintenance.   Home maintenance isn't glamorous and fun, but it is necessary.  Potential buyers notice dirty houses, wood rot, ceiling stains, burnt out light bulbs, and banged up baseboards.  After you take care of those details, it is time to lose the clutter.  Whether you are moving or staying, getting rid of clutter is the cheapest way to make your house feel more comfortable.

Here are 5 "finishing touches" you can add to your home to increase its resale value:

1) Exterior Entrance - Making sure this small area is perfect makes a big first impression.

2) Minor Kitchen Remodel - The kitchen is the heart of the home so you want it to look great.

3) Minor Bathroom Remodel - The most important thing to remember when sprucing up your bathroom is that buyers and visitors want bathrooms that look sparkling clean.

4) Closet Organization - The days of only having one wire rack are long gone. This includes shoe racks, built in shelves, tie and belt hangers, and loads of hanging space.  

5) Patio Perfect - Outdoor living spaces are a huge trend right now in the Tampa Bay area.

For a more detailed breakdown of Melanie's tips for finishing touches on a home click here on the full story .  You can also check out her real estate blog at .

Melanie Atkinson is a realtor with The Wood Team at Coldwell Banker .  She can be reached at

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