Where to Focus When Updating a Home Before Selling

Where to Focus When Updating a Home Before Selling
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    You find out you're pregnant, so it's time to move out of that “starter home” and find a bigger place.

    Maybe you're on the other end of the spectrum and you find yourselves “empty nesters,” so it's time to downsize a bit.

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These momentous events, and others, inevitably lead to two others (at least), prepping your current place for sale and moving into your new home.

1st HERCULEAN TASK

Don’t worry, we’re not going to cover twelve tasks here, nor is anything going to be as difficult as slaying the 9-headed Hydra. Probably. Also, these tasks are fluid based upon your specific circumstances. You might move first then update, or update then move. Or, the horror {duh-duh-duuuuhhh}, both at the same time.

Let’s look at the move first, shall we? You’re going to need stuff and (possibly) people to get this done. Stuff like boxes, tape, packing material. People, like bipedal mammals typically known as humans. And where can we look to find out who and what those may be? -> -> -> The internet, of course.

Fire up your favorite search engine, type in your search terms and hit “enter.” You may find a site like the one for Allied, the moving experts with locations and availability all around the country. Let’s face it, professionals have this down to a science because…well, professionals. It’s what they do.

The information on sites like this can help you find out what things you will need to pack your household up and scale things depending on your budget, timeframe and health insurance (how many chiropractor visits do you get to realign your spine after all the lifting and toting?).

From the "materials-only package" all the way up to the "sitting-back-having-another-cup-of-coffee package" (watching THEM pack it, load it, transport it, unload it and unpack it) and everything in between, these sites can be an invaluable tool.

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2nd HERCULEAN TASK

Is getting the old place done up right to minimize the time on the market and maximize the sale price. This is more of an art than a science but there are a few almost universal things that can help any house meet those two goals.

Having made a career steeped in several aspects of residential real estate, there is a truism that became clear to me very early on. Bathrooms and kitchens sell houses.

Kitchens and bathrooms are places where people spend a lot of their time so potential buyers pay extra attention to these areas. There is a wide range of options out there, and a wide price range. One thing you want to keep in mind, besides your budget, is that you don’t want to over-improve the property. In layman’s terms, don’t overdo it. Stay consistent with the neighborhood.

A lot of this revolves around the materials that might be used. After all the physical space of each room is pretty much already defined. Should I use quartz or Corian countertops? What about flooring? Marble, stone or wood laminate? How important is it to make the property as “green” as possible with things like low-flow showers and toilets or sustainable materials? And so on.

Maybe things in the house may be dated but still well maintained and serviceable. A coat or two of paint, a thorough cleaning and some minor repairs and we have a very nice and perfectly acceptable home you’d be proud to leave for the next owners. I mean, that 1950s pink tile in the bathroom isn’t all that bad, it’s really kind of retro.

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