Yesterday, I discussed Part I of inexpensive improvements you can do to have the best curb appeal when preparing your home for sale. Click here if you didn’t see it.
A great, inexpensive weekend project that will bond a couple faster than anything else is tile. Yes, guys, I said tile. Many hardware stores have “How To” classes and you have many great sites on the internet to help you, try the DIY site for one. Due to the small square footage of a bathroom you’ll stay within your budget & you will have an enormous impact on a buyer when they see you’ve updated but only you will know how fiscally responsible you were in achieving that great look. Get rid of that old wallpaper that Grandma really thinks is pretty because it reminds her of her youth. That should be a red flag. Forget that, it should be a huge neon sign with a blow horn telling you to Rip It Down and if nothing else, paint the room a very neutral but warm color. A light mushroom color always works. I love, love, love showing a home that has the smallest trace of a fresh paint smell. Ain’t nothin’ like it. Amp up your light fixtures throughout the house and max them out. Buyers like light! Showem’ what ya got. Soft mood lighting is great for a romantic evening, not so much when you’re trying to sell. Since we know that kitchens and baths with improvements are the top two areas that sell a home and allows for about 80% recoup on that expense, doesn’t it make sense to look at yours from a non-emotional point of view to really get to the heart of what is reasonable for you to do, both with your budget and time allowed. Also, don’t overlook your neighborhood and what level of improvements most of those have. In some areas, rejuvenating by replacing old laminate may be all you need to do, however, other neighborhoods may have solid surfaces or granite. Depending on your budget, think strongly about granite as most of it is competitively priced to match corian costs and what chef wouldn’t love a kitchen with granite? Spend a few hours on a Sunday and check out open houses in your area to see what’s “under the hood” of your competition. If you’re in an upper end neighborhood, it’s a good chance you’ll need to put in granite to stay with current trends and value. You don’t want to be the big fish in the little pond though. Stay reasonable in your improvements. And lastly, check all your windows for functionality. Buyers really do open and close windows. I see it more times than not. If it’s stuck or half goes up while the other half stays put, it’s always such a treat to see the expression on my client’s faces. So, oil them if needed, but do clean them. Put new weather stripping on your doors. A significant portion of buyers are looking for energy efficient homes. Make it more comfortable for you while you’re occupying it but make your property the one that buyer’s will put the offer in on by being the shiniest apple in the neighborhood. For further information or any questions on Naples real estate please contact Ruth Bethem at Ruth@RuthBethem.com or direct at 239-777-7007 or toll free 877-777-7545.