Should You Spruce up Your House?
(Reuters) – Psst — want to make a quick 300 percent on your home sale? Plant some shrubs, and spruce up the lighting on your front porch. That’s what real estate agents are saying. Put $375 into “lightening and brightening” your home, and you will raise the sale price by $1,550, HomeGain.com reported in a survey released recently. The big returns on those easy spruce-up-to-sell projects run counter to the downward trending results that Remodeling Magazine has seen in recent years in its much more widely followed “Cost vs Value” report, last published in November. Then it found that the payback ratio for most remodeling projects has fallen steadily since 2005.