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Improve Home Resale Value with a Tiki Bar

3 January 2010 No Comment

In a difficult housing market, you are probably seeing the same thing I am.  Homes are staying on the market longer than ever and buyers seem scarce.  Short of dropping the price of your house (which some are forced to do), what can you do?

Small-budget improvements can give your house an interesting twist to help differentiate it from others in the neighborhood.  Of course, you have the classics like upgraded light fixtures and hardware, but why not think outside the box a bit more?

A tiki bar at home may not be for everyone, but it is a relatively low-cost way to give your home a memorable twist that buyers will remember.  Check out this ‘home for sale’ video.  Looks like an average suburban home with a poorly maintained pool until about the 2:45 mark.

Suddenly you take note of something that might be useful here.  They don’t just have a pool, but a tiki bar.  Now, the seller could have done themselves a favor and jazzed it up a bit with some tiki bar decor like a boat paddle and tiki bar sign or even added a couple of tiki bar stools.  However the basic tiki bar is in place and the buyer’s imagination can start running with the right way to use it.

Obviously, you shouldn’t go build a tiki bar at home just to increase the resale value of your house or condo.  However, it is a cool twist that is worth highlighting if you do have to sell.

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