Bang for Your Buck Experts Discuss the Best and Worst in Remodeling Investments and Home Staging

Designer Monica Pedersen gives advice on what to do when selling your home. Real estate expert Elizabeth Sincox weighs in on Monica's advice – sometimes the two agree, and sometimes they don’t.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionWhat's the best way to make a good first impression when selling your home? Scroll down to read what the experts say.
Landscaping:

Best thing to do:
Monica: Freshen up your home’s curb appeal with mature landscaping and dark-brown mulch or simply invest in two oversized urns to accommodate year-round plantings.
Elizabeth: Also, clear away cobwebs around the door. You can only make one first impression.

Worst thing to do:
Monica: Spending money on plantings that won’t survive through the seasons. Flowerbeds filled with dead annuals don’t say much to buyers during the fall and winter months.
Elizabeth: I disagree with my friend here. I think a few flats of flowers go a long way and are so much more inexpensive. Landscaping can cost thousands of dollars and you won't see a return on your money for a few years.

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