If you’re like many folks who are the proud owners of an aging home, your list of what needs to be done probably exceeds your budget to do it. If that sounds familiar then it’s a good idea to focus on those repairs that will give you the most bang for your buck. This is especially true if you’re planning on selling your home in the near future. The best thing to do in that case is to focus on the things that homebuyers also focus on. Areas that usually get a lot of attention on a walk through are kitchens, and bathrooms.
It’s the Little Things that Count
Large renovation projects rarely pay off. If you’re going to sell your home you won’t get your money back from large projects, instead focus on the little things that have a bigger impact. Your buyers can remodel to their unique tastes later if they want. Before you allow anyone to walk through your house don’t put yourself in a position where you find yourself saying, “I was about to fix that,” or “I’ve been meaning to paint that.” Instead, just fix that and paint that first so questions don’t come up about your aging carpet or peeling paint. Pay attention to the little details in your home; you can bet prospective buyers are going to be doing that. If you have drawers that are missing nobs or other little things your buyers are going to be wondering what are the big things that they don’t see that are a problem. If you can’t keep up with the little things, you probably haven’t been on top of the big things either. That is what your prospective buyer will be wondering as you extol the virtues of your home.
Brighten up Your House
No one likes dimly lit rooms. Walk through your house and take care of those rooms that are difficult to see in. Some rooms may just take brighter or newer type of bulbs, while other rooms may need newer, or additional light fixtures. Maybe get rid of those old outdated fixtures and get some new energy efficient ones. Bright rooms make your home look like a happy cheery place and cost little money to rectify.
Wallpaper and Paint
When it comes to your wallpaper or indoor paint jobs, the key is to appeal to the masses and not just the few that might appreciate your quirky taste in color or design. Busy wallpaper is a turnoff to many folks and it competes for attention with the other more desirable aspects a given room. You might want to consider taking down your wallpaper and replace with a crisp conservative paint job. Most homebuyers are going to repaint and decorate their new home to their tastes so whatever you have going will probably be replaced at best, or be a turn off at the worst.
Take a look around at your ceilings. Do you see any water spots or water stains? They may not be from a busted pipe or leaky roof but your prospective buyers don’t know that. You don’t want them wondering how much money it will cost them to fix your roof if they buy the house. Repaint so those questions will never come up.
A Word about Pets
Not everyone loves pets, and even those that do, do not love a house that stinks of wet dog or cats. Do everything you can to neutralize any odors that may be present. Since your nose may have become immune to the smell of pets have a friend come in and see if they can smell evidence of pets. When you go to show the house take care to make sure your pets are out of the way, especially dogs. Some dog loves are intimidated by other’s dogs, especially large ones. Have a friend take yours for a walk or something so your buyers aren’t looking around every corner expecting a dog to jump out.
These are the little things that are inexpensive and go a long way in boosting the appeal of your home no matter how new or old it is. If you take care of these things you won’t have to be answering difficult questions and buyers can focus on how nice your home is. Rather than having well-rehearsed explanations for problems areas, just fix the problems before people come to view your home. You’ll be glad you did.