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Notice the gas cooktop, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances in the kitchen of this home that’s listed by Lin Hutaff’s Pinehurst Realty Group.

Sure, home upgrades require money out of pocket, but they’re also a sure-fire way to ensure that you’re getting the best return — and that your home spends less time on the market. Whether you’re interested in selling your home or you’re planning for the future, here are a few basic improvement tips from Lin Hutaff that’ll pay off in the long run.

Replace or Refinish Your Hardwood Floors

Not only does the quality and appearance of your hardwood floors matter to the overall look of your home, but it also matters to your wallet. According to Lin, going as far as investing in new hardwood makes a significant difference in your return. Don’t want to make the jump? A simple refinish helps, too. Oh, and Lin says current buyers are on the hunt for homes with hardwood.

Invest in Kitchen Upgrades

In addition to hardwood floors, Lin says that buyers also want stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a gas cooktop.

Put a New Roof Over Your (Their) Head

Replacing your roof makes a huge difference. You don’t have to replace it right before you put your home on the market. Replace your roof even a couple of years before selling and you’ll still see it pay off.

Update That HVAC System

Buyers will rest easy knowing that the AC is less likely to go out when the outside temp spikes to 104 degrees.

Give ‘Er a Fresh Paint Job

Improve your home’s interior appearance with a fresh coat of paint throughout. And please, no lime green. Stick to the neutrals.

Peep this tile shower in one of Lin’s currently-listed houses.

Replace Your Old-School Tub

According to Lin, replacing a tub or fiberglass insert with a tile shower is a big hit right now. No one wants a grimy shower.

Give Your Windows a Face Lift

And invest in some plantation shutters. Buyers loooove plantation shutters.


Alright, Lin’s given you the tips, so get on those upgrades. Oh, and if you’re scared a buyer won’t like your choices, Lin says that any upgrade is better than none. And, with advice from the right realtor, you won’t have to worry about making unnecessary changes.

Give Lin Hutaff’s Pinehurst Realty Group a call at (910) 528-6427 for a complimentary evaluation.

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