When I take Buyers around to view homes they often give the homes "pet" names. Thanks Gary, I needed a new term for it!
The first of these homes was the "stinky house"
The second "The cluttered house"
This post is about the "old house". When I say old I don't necessarily mean the house is old. Older well maintained,and updated homes, are very desirable. Many other factors can make a home feel dated.
How long has it been since you painted? Is your paint chipped at the corners ,or dingy? Painting is a relatively inexpensive way to update your home. It also makes your home smell better (especially for you smokers). What about your ceilings? Do you have cracks or old water spots (don't cover up water spots if you have an active leak...FIX IT FIRST) Time to fill in the cracks, paint the water spots with KITZ and get your ceiling in shape.
Do you have wallpaper? Get rid of it and paint the room a neutral color.
Do you have sculptured carpet from the 80's? A "beautiful" blue carpet? Or worse yet are all your bedrooms carpeted in different colors? An investment in new neutral carpet can really pay off in terms of a faster sale, and it too makes your home smell fresher, and newer. Better yet you may have a hidden treasure under the carpet. You might be lucky enough to have a hardwood floor uder those old carpets...What a find!
What do your light fixtures look like? Buyers equate light and bright with clean. We all know nothing can substitute for clean! Lowes or Home Depot have light fixtures that give your home an updated look, and they can be relatively inexpensive.
What about your Kitchen, and Bathroom cabinets? Are they older and dated. The Kitchen and Bath are two very important rooms. Did you know you can get cabinet paint and paint your cabinets a nice white or neutral color...add some updated pulls,and voila...a whole new look.
Next in the series..."the peek-a-boo house"