Older home, new sale what needs done?

Thursday, March 11, 2021   /   by Jo Reimer

Older home, new sale what needs done?

This is a common question from sellers out there.  You have lived in your home for decades and it is time to move on to the next step in life and your home is shall we say dated.  It happens, while living your life other things have taken priority but now that you are ready to sell it is time for some updates to be ready for the market.


The easiest step is first to neutralize your spaces.  Your daughter’s old pink bedroom can easily be painted to a more neutral color and your husband’s sports room can be decluttered a bit so that a potential buyer can see the idea of the space in their eyes without being influenced by your husband’s favorite teams.


Once you go through that easy first step you notice that some of the other spaces also need help.  Commonly counters, tiles and cabinets might be screaming a trend from 20 years ago and potential buyers will know that and see $$$ when viewing your home.  The two biggest areas that will scream big money to a potential buyer if they need updated are the kitchen and bathroom.


That is not to say that you should spend a huge amount of money renovating them, but key touches and thoughts can help get you the biggest returns in the sale of your house.  When picking out elements for each space think about how they will appeal to your audience and allow the potential home buyer to see their touches added to it to make it home.  Updated fixtures, counter, floor, and a neutral paint color can go a long way in a bathroom.  In the kitchen can you touch up the cabinets to make them look newer with a new finish and hardware?  Add modern light fixtures and maybe a kitchen island with seating as those are popular items.


The key to always keep in mind when preparing your home for sale is to neutralize and make the space open so that the potential buyer can see their lives in the space while updating it enough so that they do not have a calculator adding up renovation costs as they view your home.  Focus on the key areas like bathrooms and the kitchen that will yield the biggest results.


If you are ready to sell and want to talk through upgrades, neutralizing and staging your home let me know.  I would be happy to assist in this process to get you ready for the next step of your journey!


-Jo