What is the Best Pre-Sale Investment?

Money MagazineAccording to 2000 real estate agents surveyed by the real estate website www.homeGain.com and published in the June, 2003 issue of Money magazine washing windows is the number one pre-sale improvement that generates the best return on investment as measured by a higher selling price.*

Project Typical Cost Return on Investment
Lighten and brighten home, wash windows *$86 to $100 768%
Clean and unclutter $305 to $339 594%
Landscape and trim front yard and backyard $432 to $506 266%
Repair electrical and plumbing problems $338 to $381 196%
Spruce up decor, including flowers $812 to $1,089 169%
Update kitchen and bathroom $1,546 to $2,120 138%
*Window cleaning costs have increased since 2003 but the benefits of having clean windows in a home for sale remains the highest return on investment.

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