I've got good news for you! Basic improvements are important and don't
cost much if you do them yourself. I
always advise my clients to avoid “trading dollars.” By that I mean don’t spend a dollar to get a
dollar. Here are some ideas that in most
cases, will add value substantially greater than the expense of the item.
* Can you paint? Freshening the
rooms with a nice coat of paint comes first. If you have rooms or walls that
are odd colors, paint these entire rooms in beige (I know beige is boring but
it sells) and install new electrical outlet covers. Check the woodwork to see
if it needs to be touched up.
* When faucets in the kitchen and
master bath are showing their age, replace them with new faucets that have a
The same is true for light fixtures.
Sparkling new fixtures on a newly painted ceiling actually gives you a
You could spend a lot of money on
such projects as remodeling your entire kitchen, but dollar-for-dollar, you'll
get a better return for freshening.
* Of course, the kitchen is
important. If you have a few thousand dollars to spend on a project, decorators
say new countertops are a good choice. They don't have to be granite. Other
choices: quartz as in Caesarstone or Cambria, DuPont's Zodiaq or solid surface
Corian, or Eco's Cosentino or IceStone.
* On the outside, paint the window
frames and the front door. The door is especially important and can be made a
contrasting color, like red.
Make sure the trim around the roof
isn't chipped and that your gutters and downspouts are properly attached.
* If the roof has a dark streak or
two or moss, a roof-cleaning company can make it look new again. A professional roof cleaning will take them
This is one job you can't do
yourself. Reputable roof-cleaning companies use removal methods that do not
damage your roof and it usually only costs a few hundred dollars.
If you would like a detailed list of
the items I recommend to prepare your home for sale call me anytime, I provide
this as a free service to my clients.