Home Projects That Will Sell Your Home Faster and for a Higher Price in 2017

"As is" usually isn't good enough.

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In a perfect world, you would have a picture-perfect house ready to put on the market at a moment's notice. You would quickly receive multiple offers for more than your asking price, maybe even with no repair contingencies.

But even if your home doesn’t need repairs, if you’ve lived there a while and haven’t remodeled lately, it’s a good bet that the kitchen, bathrooms or basement rec room could use updating. Your goal is to decide how much you’re willing to spend on your home before you set a price and list it for sale. That means weighing supply and demand in your market, scoping out your competition, and strategically picking upgrades that will help sell the house and recover your costs.

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Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.