Utah\u2019s home market is hot right now. It\u2019s a seller\u2019s market for sure. But it doesn\u2019t matter how high the market is – if your home lacks curb appeal or is in obvious need of repairs, potential buyers may not give it a second look.Curb appeal can raise property value as much as 12 percent and increase resale value up to 14 percent. It also decreases the amount of time your home spends on the market. Sounds great, doesn\u2019t it? Before you go crazy planting flowers to make things look pretty, let\u2019s take a look at some ways to see actual return on investment. First impressionsMost buyers have a hard time seeing past messy landscaping, cracks in concrete patios and a cluttered home or yard. Savvy sellers know how to make their home appealing to buyers. This includes cleaning up landscaping, staging the interior, and making necessary repairs. Repair Cracked ConcreteConcrete cracks raise a red flag for Utah homebuyers. If you notice cracks in concrete patios, sidewalks or walkways it\u2019s important to repair them before they get worse. Also check for cracks in the foundation and remember, if the crack is wider than a nickel you\u2019ll need to have it looked at by the pros. Kitchen UpdatesA kitchen can make or break a sale. Potential buyers look for updated floors and countertops, and an outdated kitchen can affect overall home value. But you don\u2019t have to spend all of your potential profits updating a kitchen you won\u2019t be using once you sell. A minor kitchen remodel can result in 114 percent of costs recouped.Concrete countertops are an affordable and creative way to update a kitchen for a completely customized look. The average cost of a standard thickness concrete countertop is actually less costly than granite, engineered quartz and other high-end materials.Backyard OasisThis is another space that\u2019s important to potential home buyers, and improvement dollars can yield a strong ROI. Materials will affect the price of the patio but using higher grade materials won\u2019t necessarily give you a higher ROI. Decorative concrete is an ideal option for getting a high-end look without using materials that take more money out of your pocket than they will put back in it. Remove stains from concreteFluids such as oil, gas and transmission fluid can leave stains on garage floors, driveways and patios. Whether a stain is new or old, it can usually be removed or lightened, depending on the surface.To remove oil from concrete, an enzymatic multi-surface cleaner like Grime Monster can help breakdown oil and grease without leaving a halo effect. New stains can be covered with cat litter or baking soda prior, to absorb excess oil. Other stains may require a different process and products. An ICS concrete specialist can help you determine the best method to remove your particular concrete stain. There are plenty of options to choose from to improve the value of your home. A\u00a0little research on the best investment for your neighborhood and budget could pay off in nicely when it\u2019s time to put your home on the market.