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Put the installation of wood flooring high on your remodeling list

July 13, 2014

Homeowners often take on remodeling projects before they put their homes on the market. If you want to make an impression on prospective buyers, install maple hardwood flooring like the mixed-width planks in Anderson's Vintage Hardwood collection. Zillow reported that wood floors are among the things that home buyers desire most when they're house hunting.

As you ready the house for sale, you'll also be dealing with the stress of moving and timing your sale and the purchase of new digs. That's a lot to deal with, and having a home in disarray during renovation doesn't make it any easier. Especially if you're doing some of the work yourself, it's important not to overextend yourself in time, money or effort. Doing one project at a time is the recommendation of remodeling experts.

Downsize the project
According to Angie's List, it's also important not to price your home out of the market by adding features that will raise the asking price considerably just to recoup the cost. Look at the other homes in your neighborhood to see what kind of home design extras they offer and acquaint yourself with recent selling prices. If you're selling price is too high or the improvements too lavish for the neighborhood, your home will likely languish on the market.

As an alternative, downsize your project and focus on the high-quality finishes and decorative features that will make an impression without forcing you to take a loss. Before you embark on any project, consult with a real estate agent about the types of improvements that fit the character of your neighborhood.

Do your best work
Rather than leave everything to contractors, do whatever projects you can yourself. Just make sure you're using the best materials for the job and taking pains to present a professional appearance. If you're painting all the rooms in the house, don't get sloppy because the freshened rooms will be enjoyed by new homeowners. When they come to see the property, they'll notice if you took the easy way out and did a shoddy job.

The work you put into the home as well as projects you have done professionally are likely to fray your nerves at times. Shut off the project area as much as possible at the end of the day not just to keep the dust contained, but to remove it from your view. That way you won't have to live with it 24 hours a day while it's in progress.