Home Improvements that payoff big in Metro Raleigh

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Preferred Realty

When selling your home in Cary or the Metro Raleigh area, you want to consider what home improvements payoff big. This blog from my website discusses what was popular back in 2016. 

"These small home improvements can payoff big when selling"

Fast forward to 2020, let's talk about what home improvements payoff big today.

The original blog talks about things that will basically neutralize your home. Painting walls, replacing door knows such as the old brass from the 80s and 90s, and decluttering. Those are all great basic things everyone should consider when selling their home.

But what about in todays fast selling market?

The first thing to consider is what do you need to do to prepare.

1 - Declutter - This is a must. People have a difficult time seeing past all your personal things. Pack and put away everything you don't need to use on a daily basis with the exception of things that are decorative. Some things you use daily (toaster oven, etc) may need to have a temporary place to be stored when not in use. Your Real Estate agent can go item by item and point out what should stay out. This will include decluttering closets if needed.

2 - Paint - This is another very important thing to do. A good paint job and freshen up your house. Go with a neutral light reflective paint. 

3 - Light Bulbs - Replacing light bulbs with bulbs that brighten up the house can make a world of difference.

Do you have any deferred maintenance items? 

1 - HVAC - This is a big ticket item. If it is on its last leg, you may want to consider a replacement. Of course no one wants to buy a new HVAC for someone else. However, when buyers go through your house, they're going to be adding up the big ticket items such as HVAC, Water Heater, Roof, Kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, flooring, etc. 

2 - Wood rot - This comes up on so many home inspections. All those little wood rot spots on the house can really add up. And, not making the repair can cause more damage to the house.

3 - Crawl space - People often overlook the crawl space. When was the last time you looked in your crawl space? Was it dry? Was the plastic vapor barrier wall to wall and in place? Were there rodents living in the crawl space? Did you see any leaks? Did you see any mold in the crawl space? Make sure your crawl space is in good condition to prevent inspection surprises.

4 - Dead trees - Yes, people will look at the trees. People move from all over and I cannot count the times people have asked about the possibility of a tree falling on a house or spotted dead trees that need to be removed. It's a real concern of some homebuyers.

What will put more money in your pocket when selling your home?

It depends. As a Real Estate professional, I take several things into consideration. What will take away from the price, what will get you a comparable price and what will add to your value.

What is the condition of the other sales in your neighborhood or area? How many big ticket items need to be done? If only a couple then chances are a buyer can handle those. But if the kitchen is outdated, the baths are outdated, the flooring need to be replaced, the HVAC is old and the roof is old, then you might sell for less than the comparables. Buyers are pretty savvy. They will be checking these things out.

1 - Kitchens - We all know kitchens are the place to be. If your kitchen is terribly outdated we'll discuss what things can be done to bring them up to date. Is it just replacing the countertops or painting the cabinets? Or, do you need a full update? 

2 - Bathrooms - These are important but it really depends on how outdated they are. It is possible painting the cabinets and switching out old brass will do the trick. It all depends.

3 - The yard - Curb appeal can be everything to some buyers. They will drive by your house to see if they're interested. Take a good look at your yard to see if it is poor, good, better or best. While it doesn't have to win yard of the year, it does help sell the home.

Each and every home is unique and I approach it that way when helping people prepare their home to sell. What has to be done, what should be done, and what would be nice if it were done. What will give my seller a good return on their investment? What is a waste of time and money? What goal does the seller want to achieve?

I've been successfully selling homes in the Raleigh, Cary and surrounding areas since 2007. Please call if you're considering selling your home.

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Raleigh Cary Apex Realtor Carla Freund Realty

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Comments (6)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Decluter, Declutter, Declutter...that's the first step in any market Carla.  Great points for today's market!

Jan 22, 2022 08:28 AM
Carla Freund

Absolutely! Decluttering goes a long way. Sometimes I have people declutter and then check it out and declutter again.

Jan 22, 2022 11:37 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Have a productive January!

Jan 22, 2022 08:34 AM
Carla Freund

Thank you Roy! I appreciate it. Have a great weekend.

Jan 22, 2022 11:36 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Carla and great information for sellers in all areas.  You nail it and sellers should see this blog.  Can I reblog it sometime?

Jan 22, 2022 08:39 AM
Carla Freund

Of course, feel free to. Thanks Will!

Jan 22, 2022 11:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Pretty much the same here, Carla... in addition to dead trees we have the tree roots issue that raises concrete walks. As for the deferred maintenance items... I see that all the time. Makes me crazy... I'm always telling people the longer you defer the more it will cost you to mitigate. And don't get me started on light bulbs... how to people live in the dark?

Jan 23, 2022 04:31 AM
Carla Freund

We have the root issue as well in our older neighborhoods. And, sometimes you don't know if the roots have become an issue for the sewer. Our neighbors were told to have a tree removed or face a fine since it was starting to become an issue with the sewer. Even in this market I've seen homes sell for way over listing. It makes me wonder if their agent talked to them about those items. 

Jan 23, 2022 11:47 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Carla, great list for homeowners to get started on if they are thinking of listing this year.

Jan 23, 2022 07:46 AM
Carla Freund

Thanks Joan! Have a great day!

Jan 23, 2022 11:48 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Funny how the top two items remain the top two items year after year yet to get a seller to follow the request is not as easy as it would seem.  lol  Ironically both 1 and 2 the least expensive of what sellers talk about doing in order to sell.  Mark

Jan 23, 2022 08:00 AM
Carla Freund

Mark, I was thinking the same. I get that how we live in a house is different than how we sell a house. Some people just don't seem to see the clutter.

Jan 23, 2022 11:49 AM