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Home Staging Remains in the Top 5 of Recommended DIY Home Improvement Projects according to HomeGain’s National Home Improvement Survey.

From their blog…

HomeGain.com…has released the results of its nationwide home improvement and home staging survey.

Past findings from the survey have been a guide for thousands of home sellers in preparing their homes for sale.

HomeGain recently surveyed nearly 500 real estate agents nationwide to determine the top 10 low-cost, do-it-yourself home improvements for people getting their home ready to sell.

The top five nationwide home improvements that real estate professionals recommend to home sellers, based on average cost and return on investment (ROI) to sellers, are:

1. Clean & declutter

2. Lighten & brighten

3. Repair electrical & plumbing

4. Landscaping

5. Staging

Cleaning and de-cluttering continues to rank as the top suggested home improvement (since the survey was originally conducted in 2003). This low cost home improvement is recommended by 99% of real estate professionals. The average recommended cost for this project is $402 with a returning value of just over $2,000 to the home’s sale price, or a 403% return (ROI).

In past surveys, Home Staging and Lightening and Brightening were battling it out for the number two spot on the top 10 list. In the 2011 survey, Lightening and Brightening reclaimed the number two position and held on to it in 2012. Home Staging, however, fell to the number five position.

The options to landscape the yard and repair electrical and/or plumbing stay in the top five, both jumping past Home Staging.

> To learn more, read the rest of this post at HomeGain’s blog.

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