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Listing in April? Get busy.

Tackle these tips to get your home list-ready for spring.

If you're going to the trouble of listing your home, you probably want to get the most money out of your house as possible. After reading through the latest edition of Consumer Reports, they have five tips that are invaluable when it comes to getting top dollar.

1. Declutter. If your home is messy, disorganized or has a weird smell coming from the kitchen (or anywhere in the house), you need to clear it out. I can help point out the clutter that needs to disappear or even suggest a professional to help your home look and smell fantastic.

2. Update the kitchen. One of the easiest ways to create a coordinated look in the kitchen for less is new appliances. You can spend around $2,000 and that investment will easily recoup itself when buyers assess your home's worth. Other easy ways to spruce it up, new paint, better hardware and new curtains. Voila, you just earned about 3 to 7 percent in returns.

3. Better the bathroom. From updating the fixtures to replacing that builder mirror, buyers like a clean and well-maintained bathroom. Throw in some new grout and caulk, and buyers' eyes will light up.

4. Paint a couple rooms. Again, I'm not saying you need to paint every room in your house. But consider painting the kitchen and the bathroom in neutral colors. Then, if any of your rooms is painted a wild hot pink or dep red, spend a weekend dulling it down with a white, gray or beige paint.

5. Plant some flowers. Increase your curb appeal with decent landscaping a a nicely mowed lawn. If you can invest about $7,500 on things like a new roof, newly painted front door and full yard cleanup, you could possibly raise the asking price up to $10,000.

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