Remodeling projects that pay off
With buyers harder to find, sellers must work harder to convince them that their property offers what the buyers want value. Here is a list of quick fixes to increase the value of the home:1. Boost curb appeal. Youve heard it before: You only get one chance to make a good first impression. And if you dont, youll never get the buyer to set foot inside. Be objective, or have your Realtor assist you from a buyers perspective. Look at the roof, siding, paint, windows, landscaping, front door, even how the window coverings look from the outside. Add a splash of color to help buyers distinguish your house from the next, be it a large pot of flowers, or a brightly colored front door.2. Color. Paint is cheap, but you dont have to stick with white or neutrals. Just dont go crazy with eye-jarring colors like hot pink, bright purple or orange. Soft colors are best and are more likely to flatter skin tones. Remember, a little goes a long way.3. Upgrade kitchen and bathrooms. These are make-it or break-it for any real estate deal, especially with the abundance of properties in competition on the market. Besides making the rooms squeaky clean and uncluttered, you can make minor upgrades by replacing drawer pulls, sinks and faucets. New counter tops and appliances are also good ideas. 4. Strength in details. Add crown molding to ceilings, 6-9 inches in depth, proportionate to the room size and architecturally compatible. If the ceilings are taller than 9 feet, you can add more detail.5. Screen hardwood floors. Wood is preferred by buyers over carpet, but if the floor needs refinishing, it can turn a buyer off. Screening is less time-consuming and less costly; it entails a light sanding instead of a full stripping, then a coat of finish.6. Update window treatments. If your mini-blinds have been chewed on by the dog, or the cat uses the curtains to climb the walls, its time to replace your window treatments. Buyers want light and views. Consider energy efficient blinds and shades.7. Clean and organize closets. Start sorting. Organize your piles into dont need, havent worn in a year and keep. Closets should be half full, to show buyers how roomy they are. 8. Hire a home inspector. For nearly every real estate deal, a buyer hires an inspector to look over the house. This applies to new as well as older homes. Busy homeowners are looking for maintenance-free living. Fix the problems that exist before you put the house on the market, then keep the receipts and show the buyers how responsible youve been. Buyers are looking for homes that are move-in ready, not ones that need a lot of maintenance.If you make these quick fixes early, youll have time to enjoy the fruits of your labor before you sell.Shannon Kyle, of S Kyle & Co., is co-chair of the Glenwood Springs Association of Realtors Public Relations Committee. She can be reached at (970) 379-7517.
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