I strongly agree with the suggestion of having the bathroom tile/tub/sinks refinished. It's a relatively low cost & quick way for helping a dated bathroom appear more updated & appealing to what buyer's are looking for. You may also want to recommend painting cabinetry & installing new hardware, which will also help to bring a more updated appearance at a low cost.
In terms of paint, I always recommend looking at warm neutral colors--which doesn't always have to be beige or white. Other popular colors are blues, greens, and grays.
Honestly it would be in your best interest---time & money wise---to consult with a professional home stager in your area. She/he can recommend paint colors tailored for that particular home depending on location, features, lighting etc. The stager can addtionally help to identify other "facelifts" that are necessary to help bring the home up to date for today's market. Many stagers also work closely with other service providers and can recommend a reliable company to refinish the bathroom tub & tile.
The small investment & time will go a long way in helping to get this house sold quicker.
Nope no rain.
I thought it might have been in the newsletter. I went back to check it, but couldn't find it in the one I looked through, so I guess I had deleted the one it appeared in already. I thought it seemed odd that it would suddenly attract so much attention without a push of some sort (ie, the newsletter).
Yes, we all know about the problem when a home is not updated and won't sell. I had some of them myself.
There are "bath fitters" out there. They come in one day and put a fitting over the tub. The seller should invest in this, it makes a difference.
Go on-line and look it up where they are in your area.
If my listings aren't updated I use somebody who will paint the rooms for a very reasonable price and of course I help them, because I want to sell the house too. The price is negotiated for paint and labor with the seller and either paid out of settlement or right away. Staging will help also, especially in the bathrooms and kitchen. Good luck selling. Doris G.C 21 Alliance in NJ
Pricing is Key, I have had success with warm neutral beiges, and ivory. A light taupe color can be relaxing in a living room or bedroom.
As far as colored fixtures, I have had the same issues- but don't let it become an overwhelming problem. There is a company called Miracle Method- they have franchise locations in many areas. Here's a link to their website: http://www.miraclemethod.com/
They can re-color fixtures- fiberglass or tile in as little as one day without tearing it apart. I got a quote here locally for $700 for a full tub surround. I know some people can't see past the colors.
Having the house soft-staged to enhance the positive features can help people see past the negatives. But, ultimately- price is king.
All the best to you!
What I have done on my own is hire someone to fix the sprinkler system, which is needed as the house is turning way to brown. Second we bought trays of purple panseys and red cyclamen and planted all around. I installed a small pondless waterfall. I am adding a few pieces of furniture, including a queen bed in the master. I am still evaluating the tub issue.
I really appreciate all the input from the community. This property is in Braun Oaks, which I think is a great area. I will keep everyone apprised of developments.
I work with many investors that build new & remodel and the color is a hit 9 out of 10 times.
In addition to getting quotes from pro's for refinishing the tub a more hand's on approach would be to buy the do it yourself kits sold at home improvement stores such as Lowes. Having used the product on an investment house of my own I recommend using the spray can rather than the brush on.
You might also want to consider other options to attract buyers such as:
1. Offering closing cost assistance to buyers
2. Offering to pay discount points to lower the buyers interest rates
3. Finding out about state and local down payment assistance programs in your area and offering brochures to potentail buyers ( and have your mortgage broker prequalify)
4. Offer to pay a few months of the buyers new mortgage
Hopefully at least ONE of these suggestions will prove useful to you! Good luck!
I can relate to the blue bathtub! I worked with a seller that had an immaculately clean house with an outdated kitchen and baths. We had the bathtub AND the ceramic tile painted. Many other realtors have suggested this and I'll tell you it makes a huge difference. Make sure you hire someone who knows what they're doing. Ultimately, this house sold, but it was about $25,000 lower than the current list price. Condition and cleanliness are important, however price it right and it will sell.
Best of luck!
Best of luck!
The BEST person to help you is a TOP Realtor in your area. I would be happy to refer to a Realtor that can help you.
So much of real estate is local. You need to know the 10-12 homes that buyers are comparing this property to, and based on the time this property has been on the market, how many other comparable homes have:
come on the market
lowered their price
gone into escrow
VALUE is what sells a home. Based on the Trulia stats you appear to have a pretty good market.That being said, cleaning, painting, decluttering, staging, and photos/virtual tour, combined with pricing, should result in a sale.
However, I do not know your competition. Email be directly if you need a referral.
If you can provide a link to the home or an MLS number that would certainly help. A blue bathtub could easily be seen as a problem by many people. Perhaps getting it resurfaced would be a good solution? As for painting, light beige colors seem to be the most popular neutral colors right now. White is always better than dingy white. I agree with Danny as well about staging, it can really help out a home. It used to be that staging was only for the upper end of the market, but now, staging has become even more useful on lower priced homes.
This is a Buyer's Market, so you have two choices - perfect staging and condition, or price it cheap. There are no other options. Other than wait it out. IMO, the market has bottomed and is even working on a upswing (slight as it is) but if you can't get the condition to look as good as new, then you have to price it under market value 5-10%
The very first thing you should do is to list the property on this site, Trulia. Then you should list it on Zillow.
Do you have a link to the listing where we could see the 'color issues' you mentioned? It's rather difficult to make recommendations like that when we can't see what's there. The thought of a blue bathtub gives me the shivers, tho, so you might want to talk to a local contractor about either replacing the tub or painting it.
Regarding color selection, are you talking about painting the interior or exterior?
Has it rained yet? LOL
p.s. I emailed Don directly and suggested he get on here, read the answers, and then let us know what he's doing with the blue bathtub property. :)
There were 8 answers up until January 20 (2 days after the question went up) - now suddenly in the last two days there are 10 additional answers. Just seems odd that it was resurrected recently. Just wondering out loud I guess.
It's a tough market so it's good to incorperate the old and new to show buyers the potential without going through a total refurb. San Antonio is a great location.
I look forward to viewing and helping you if I can.