The Little Touches Make All The Difference

Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate

You are thinking about making a move which means putting your current home on the market.

What could you do to make your home sell more quickly?

It's a question that I hear often.  Small touches that cost very little can add up in a big way to make your home's visual appeal soar.

Here's one example of an inexpensive project with a big payout for the seller in terms of functionality.  

I recently listed an all brick Rancher that has an enclosed breezeway connecting the garage to the house.  

The breezeway, which was being used as a playroom, had exposed brick walls and grey carpeting.  Very importantly, the breezeway leads to  a newly completed, beautiful stone-paver patio with a fire-pit.  The patio and breezeway have a stunning view of the surrounding countryside.

I suggested that the seller do 3 things:

  • remove the toys and convert a carpeted room in the finished basement into a playroom;
  • paint the brick in the breezeway a light greyish color ( the only out of pocket expense);
  • move an unused rectangular dining room table and chairs into the breezeway.   

I don't have any before pictures to share, but I wish that I did because the changes made an amazing difference.  The painted walls and dining room furniture give the breezeway an entirely new feel making it a part of the main flow of the home.   Moving the toys to the new playroom eliminated clutter in the home's living space.  

The breezeway and stone-paver patio now share a design vision that marries the serenity of the rural countryside to the home's living space.

Take a look at the pics below and let me know what you think.

If you are thinking of selling your home in Harford County or Cecil County and want to discuss the little touches that could have a big payout for you, give me a call.




Comments (6)

Gloria Todor
Premier Property Sales & Rentals - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Ed, So good your sellers listened to your guidance.  The after photos look great.  May this house sell quickly!

Oct 12, 2016 07:13 AM
Ed Rybczynski
Integrity Real Estate - Havre de Grace, MD
Your Source for Local Real Estate

Thanks, Gloria.  This particular seller took my advice on a number of small inexpensive changes.  I was afraid he might change his mind about selling because the house looks so awesome.  Lol

Oct 12, 2016 07:18 AM
Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Ed - It looks great!  I always forget to take before pictures too - but when making the case to a new seller, they would come in handy.

Oct 12, 2016 07:42 AM
Ed Rybczynski

Thanks, Margaret!   I really have to make an effort to take before pictures.  As you say, they would be so powerful during a listing presentation.

Oct 12, 2016 08:35 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Ed -- you're right, small changes can result in big positive results. I love the picture of the patio!

Oct 12, 2016 07:53 AM
Ed Rybczynski

Thank you, Lottie!

Oct 12, 2016 08:35 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Ed, i find it is the little things that make more of a difference than anything,.

Oct 12, 2016 08:48 AM
Ed Rybczynski

I couldn't agree more, William!

Oct 13, 2016 12:49 AM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

That was great advice on small changes and staging to show off the features.

Oct 12, 2016 01:38 PM
Ed Rybczynski

Thank you, Michelle!

Oct 13, 2016 12:48 AM