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Jreidelb, Home Owner in Omaha, NE

My wife and I are thinking of selling our home within the next two years and moving out of Omaha to be closer to one of our adult children.

Asked by Jreidelb, Omaha, NE Thu Aug 2, 2012

We are uncertain how much more to invest in our home before we sell it. For example, the carpet should likely be replaced in several rooms. Should we purchase and install new carpet or provide a prospective new owner with a carpet allowance of some sort?

We have several other questions of this nature and wonder who we could talk to in order to determine what makes the best financial sense before we sell our home in two years. Your advice is appreciated.

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You should replace the carpet before it gos on the market.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 22, 2013
There are a lot of small, inexpensive things you can do to get your home ready for sale. Try to look at it with a fresh eye. Buyers appreciate cleanliness and neatness. Unclutter your home - rent a storage locker to store excess furniture and off season clothes. I have a list of suggestions posted on my website at http://www.movenready.com/New_Projects.html.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 20, 2013
Try this link for a list of suggestions - http://www.movenready.com (loveitorlistit page). Hope this helps get you started!
Flag Sat Apr 20, 2013
You are smart to be concerned about over investing in your property if you plan to sell it soon. A good Real Estate Agent can best help you determine what upgrades/improvements will give you the most bang for your buck after they see your home. That said, new carpeting and fresh paint do wonders for a home. I would avoid the idea of an allowance because this is basically an announcement that you know your carpet is in poor condition, and that doesn't say "buy me". The majority of buyers want to move into a home that does not need immediate or expensive upgrades. Neutral paint and flooring help a home sell more quickly. As you consider interior improvements, don't overlook other details buyers will be interested in such as servicing your furnace and air conditioner annually etc. Buyers like to see evidence of a well cared for home. I would be happy to help you determine what upgrades will help your home sell quickly and at the highest selling price!

Lisa Andrews - Realtor
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 22, 2013
New paint and carpet are the two upgrades that will give you the best return on your investment. My suggestion would be to call an experienced, professsional real estate agent . An experienced agent will give you advice on what repairs/improvements would give you the best return on your investment. In todays real estate market, spending some time (and money) on your home now will absolutely bring you big benefits when it it time to sell....but you need to direct your efforts on the right improvements.
I would be happy to take a no-obligation look at your home. JLork@kw.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 17, 2012
The buyer's first impression is important. Purchase new flooring before going on the market. You want your house to shine and "WOW" the person coming into it. Seek the advice of several agents to help you determine what is a priority and what will provide you the best return on your investment. Please let me know if I can answer other questions for you. lschraeder@npdodge.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 16, 2012
Thanks for your input Lisa. We appreciate your time and response.
Flag Thu Aug 16, 2012
Good Evening Jreidelb, actually the idea of a carpet allowance is in theory a good idea, but underwriters will not allow a carpet allowance.

If you do have any questions about what to do to your home before you put it on the market, or how much to invest I would be very happy to come and take a look and give you my opinion on what to do in this market.

Hope some of this information helped.

You can reach me at michael.maley@cbshome.com or 402-981-7400.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 2, 2012
New carpeting in a neutral color is always a good boost or choosing to go to a wood laminate floor is also quite popular depending on the space...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 2, 2012
Thanks for your time and advice Joe.
Flag Thu Aug 2, 2012
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