How to Prepare for the Spring Home Sales Season

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As a rule, cosmetic improvements such as painting and landscaping are good investments for a sale, but it generally does not pay to remodel the kitchen or bath, since most major improvements cost more than they add to the sales price.

Finally, avoid getting overeager. Home price gains have been gathering steam and most experts think they will continue. If you don't have a compelling reason to sell this spring, such as a new job, waiting may well be rewarded with a higher sales price some months down the road. Keep in mind that the next home you'll buy may be going up in price as well.