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Ripe For Resale

The right tile touches can tempt home buyers

Embellish the entrance.
First impressions are everything, and a stone foyer, perhaps with a water-jet floor medallion, makes a home stand out from the pack. If a more budgetconscious option is in the cards, choose polished porcelain and save pricey natural stone for the details.

Invest in the kitchen and master bath.
These two rooms have the most potential to seal the deal when it comes time to sell. Buyers will be wooed by granite countertops, but you might also try eco-friendly CaesarStone or go high-end with honed stone and Calcutta gold marble for the floor, backsplash or shower.

Be wary of expensive layouts.
Intricate borders and tile patterns may be visually appealing but can pack a punch budgetwise with expensive labor charges. If you’re flipping a home for profit, stick to simple but stylish layouts.

Keep it neutral.
Bold may be beautiful, but individual tastes can vary widely. Play it safe with shades of white or beige for field tiles. To spice it up, add colorful details and accessories.

Know your segment of the market.
Don’t indulge in the highest-price products if you plan on selling a midrange home—most likely you won’t be able to get a favorable return on your investment.

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