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In this tough real estate market, every little aspect matters. The simple fact is that currently, buyers have the option of being pickier as more people are trying to sell their homes, giving buyers their pick of the crop. It is important when it comes to selling your home to remember those small extras that may seem menial in your eyes but could actually be the deciding factor in a buyer’s choice. There are so many simple fixes such as bathtub surrounds, fresh paint, or landscaping that can really increase the value of your home as well as its potential to sell quickly and competitively.

The Curb Appeal

We have always been told not to judge a book by its cover, but that adage certainly does not apply to busing a house—the outside matters a lot. Perhaps your house needs a few upgrades on the outside such as siding or new shutters, but that would take a lot of time as well as a significant investment on your part. That may not be something you are prepared to do when trying to sell the property.

Instead of a major outdoor renovation, just spruce it up to look fresh and new. New coats of paint on those warn shutters and the addition of foliage and outdoor lighting will completely transform the outside of your home.

The Bathroom

This is one room in the house where people do not want to make sacrifices—most buyers know what they want in a bathroom and they are not willing to make sacrifices. A full bathroom renovation can cost thousands, but making it seem like new doesn’t have to. Instead of completely tearing out and replacing that dated tub, the addition of bathtub surrounds can make it look sleek and new. Also, having an inviting color that makes the space appear larger will really play into buyer’s minds. The darker the color, the more cramped an already small room will seem—instead try soft pastels in greens, yellows, or blues.

Get The Ball Rolling

If you know you want to list your home, or it has already been on the market for some time, do not delay these revamping projects. The impact of these simple and cost-efficient fixes will blow you away. You never know you may just change the real estate tides in your favor giving you the pick of buyers and thus a greater value for your home.

Jesse Dugan is a part of an elite team of writers who have contributed to hundreds of blogs and news sites. Follow him @JesseDugan.