Home Selling in Cincinnati>Question Details

Nesting,  in California

what is the most important improvement i can make to my property to perpare it for sale? what is most cost effective? which thing can't i do

Asked by Nesting, California Thu Aug 25, 2011

without? will i get my money back on installing granit counter tops? remodeling the bathroom? or what? what things should i not bother with?

Help the community by answering this question:


You have a ton of great answers here, but it's really hard to say what you should be doing without knowing the current condition of your property. If everything looks clean and tidy, and basic repairs have been done, perhaps the property is good enough to sell in it's current condition without you having to go through the time and expense to do renovations -- such as bathroom or kitchen upgrades. It really depends on your neighborhood and community, and asking your realtor for his or her advice is definitely a good idea. That way, his or her suggestions will be based on specifically your marketplace and what buyers may be looking for right now. Best of luck, Caroline
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 1, 2011
I am a realtor/ stager. Your realtor should be able to direct you as to prepare your home for sale. They will try to save you as much money as possible and make you as much money as possible , before you put it on the market. Please feel free to email me photos of every room and I would be more than happy to tell you what to edit/ placement, etc. My email is aussie2ca@sbcglobal.net
Sabrina Allen
Prudential California Realty
714 814-2807
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 1, 2011
Fresh Paint and New carpet does wonders!!! Also updated bathrooms and kitchen updates may help. If you don't have the money for those expenses consider updating your cabinet knobs and appliances!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 25, 2011
There are 5 reasons a property sells:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 25, 2011
#1) Declutter.. throw out or store elsehwhere everything you can that's not furniture.
#2) Paint... super low cost you can do it yourself
#3) Lighting, put real light bulbs not crappy CFL's everywhere. Buy more lamps if needed
#4) Cut grass religously, trim bushes

All of the above can be done for short money and will bring you great results.

Mikel DeFrancesco
Success! Real Estate
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 25, 2011
The most important things in this market are to clean, paint, and declutter as much as possible. Do all no cost, or inexpensive repairs.Empty out all closets, and organize them. If your neighborhood has other homes on the market, compare with yours and adjust your price accordingly, you want to be the best priced, cleanest, most desirable home in the neighborhood. If you can afford to replace the front door, door handle, light fixtures at entrance, some minor spurcing up of landscaping at entrance, is your best bet. Kitchen cabinets door pulls, can be replaced, at a low cost, and can brighten up the whole kitchen. If you can upgrade any floors, now is the time. Tip: (Do not over imporve in this market)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 25, 2011
In this market, your two most important factors are relatively obvious- (1) agressive, competetive pricing, and (2) immaculately clean and show-ready. When pricing your home, your real estate agent will make sure to really study the comparables as well as competing listings. You will need to deep clean and declutter your home, then stage your furniture and decor to maximize your spaces.

As far as remodeling is concerned, consult your real estate agent on the comparables. For example, if all of the listings you are competing with have granite or a remodeled bathroom, it may be something to consider.

Best of luck to you!

Allison Sheffield
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 25, 2011
1.You can't beat clean! And that means everything - recaulk, get the dust off the light bulbs, make sure nothing drips or runs or smells funny.
Clean and declutter doesn't cost much, Most agents can get you a Lowe's or Sherwin Williams discount card for paint anyway.

2. Front door - ( and entrance) 1st impressions mean everything. Fresh paint or stain on the door, new hardware, fresh doormat and tidy - swept, no shoes to trip over. If you use plants, they should be simple, bright cheerful and fresh (even if they are artificial) no dusty, faded old yukky flowers

3. Carpet - neutral, fresh carpet. Check out new homes. Most will have the same color throughout except for maybe a game or media room. If you have new home competition, it is one area that new home site reps will be selling against.

Your 1st priority should be to make sure everything is clean, decluttered and in good repair.
Step 2 is updating and remodeling. An expensive upgrade like granite may make your kitchen more desirable, but it also may force your price higher than the market will bear in your neighborhood. A good idea would be to consult with an agent who is familiar with the homes in your area before making that costly decision. You may net more on your sale before bearing the expense of major updates by comparing the cost involved and how much those updates will increase the potential sales price and the affect those improvements will have on time
on market.

Please remember to keep your colors neutral, your accessories minimal, de -personalize, and appeal to as many people as you can. The idea is to broaden your market. Don't forget the yard and there is really nothing that you should not "bother" with. It is important to try to look at your home as a buyer would and to see it with fresh eyes. We all have a tendency to overlook and live with little issues that we would not want to purchase. Most potential buyers, particularly in this market, are seeing a large number of homes. Many of them look for the one negative to rule out a property. Neutral,clean, well maintained homes offer fewer negatives.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 25, 2011
The number one thing is price it correctly at or just below market value. Then make sure the house is clean, free if clutter and odors. Those are the most important things before making any major repairs.
Web Reference: http://www.ScottSellsNH.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 25, 2011
Attention to details. Make sure nothing is left unpainted or in need of touch up paint. I recently previewed a home where new trim was left unpainted and it stood out like a sore thumb!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 25, 2011
The number one thing that I can think of, (without seeing your place),
Get a Rent-A-Space and put half of everything in it; all your personal stuff, Photos, Jewelry, nick-nacks.

Second: The kitchen returns more money than anything else and it make it sell faster. But please do not put new Granite counter top on top of 30 year old cabinets. Don't do the Kitchen half-way, it will show badly.

Get rid of brightly colored walls, but do not paint them white; not even off-white.

Everything should be "bothered with"; you are setting up the house for the new Buyers, not yourself any more.

Good luck and may God bless
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 25, 2011
Paint it and clean it, that's the #1 priority. Kitchens an bathrooms are what people notice if you are going to remodel.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 25, 2011
Search Advice
Ask our community a question
Email me when…

Learn more

Copyright © 2016 Trulia, Inc. All rights reserved.   |  
Have a question? Visit our Help Center to find the answer