Alex au pays des chiffres by Alex Bellos

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To make appropriate improvements and determine the extent of the repairs needed, here are some areas to check against your competition: ߜ The condition of front and back porches and decks ߜ Utility costs ߜ Heating and air conditioning systems ߜ Flooring condition and type ߜ Kitchen appliances’ age and brand ߜ Recent repairs and upgrades ߜ Whether the basement is finished or unfinished Depending on the age and condition of a house, we encourage sellers to consider ordering their own professional home inspection so they can learn early on about major repairs the house needs.

The goal of staging is to sell a house in the shortest time for the most money by attracting the highest number of potential buyers. com survey of 2,000 real estate professionals nationwide found home staging can average 340% on the return of investment. Figure 1-1 shows you the results, and that expending your energy in some areas pays off more than it does in others. com 2007 National Average ROI For Top 10 Home Improvements ROI Clean and de-clutter Lighten and brighten Stage home for sale Landscape front/back yards Repair electrical or plumbing problems Replace or shampoo carpeting Figure 1-1: Paint interior walls Plan your Paint exterior walls projects according Repair damaged flooring to what buyers Update kitchen and bathrooms want.

You find it in most areas across North America, and it commonly leaks through foundations and basements. A home inspector can test for it, or you can use a do-it-yourself kit available through home improvement stores. If you decide to go the DIY route, be sure to follow the directions carefully. If your house tests positive, you may need to have a radon mitigation system installed to continuously pump out the gas. ߜ You need to have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor near the bedrooms — even in a vacant house.

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