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Stumped on home upgrades??????????? Here’s some ideas…

May 16, 2013

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Stumped as to which home upgrades make sense? Interested in renovations for value, but you’re unsure what to tackle? I have a few simple guidelines I use to help clients narrow their scope and focus on the right choices.

Question #1: How long will you live in your house?

If you’re hunkering down for the next decade or two, don’t hesitate to do what you would most appreciate in your home. This is especially true of cosmetic changes, when appealing to potential buyers is a non-issue. After a decade or two, your upgrades might need upgrades, so go with projects that make the most sense for your taste and the way you prefer to live in your home.

Question #2: What have the neighbors done?

There’s wisdom in getting an idea what the surrounding homes look like. On one hand, you may get inspiration from ways in which your neighbors have transformed homes which are probably similar to yours. On the other, you’ll get an idea how much renovation you can get away with in your market. Upgrade to hard and heavy and you might not be able to get any of that money out if you’re going to sell, since the home will need to be listed far above market comparables.

Question #3: What’s a hassle in your house?

If something in your home is a hassle, it’ll probably bug prospective buyers as well. Is there limited storage space? Nowhere for guests to stay? An old-fashioned bathroom with a funky layout? There’s good reason to handle these headaches. You’ll not only enjoy the upgrade while you live in the home, but you’ll improve it for buyers when the time comes to sell.

When you get down to actual projects, there are details to consider, such as budget, timing, and design choices, but these three questions go a long way to getting your upgrade ideas organized.

I’m also available to offer my professional thoughts on possible upgrades. Get in touch if you’d like me to stop by for a walk-through of your home. I’ve seen hundreds of homes and would love to provide a helpful perspective: Call me at 407-925-7721 or email: lindahutchinson@msn.com.

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Renovations – Think Exit Strategy

June 8, 2008

Part 1 of 3 parts…

Lately I have been seeing a lot of homes that have been “renovated”. Unfortunately, they have been renovated to the taste of the current owner and not with an “eye” for future sale. It’s a rare breed of homeowner who understands the specifics of home renovation. Think EXIT STRATEGY. That is what most REALTORS understand…they hear what the buyers are saying behind your back when you are not home. That really cute, small colored, glass tile looks great now but no one wants to clean that grout and they aren’t into that cobalt blue color you selected. There are so many trends that are already tired and dated so you have to think classic style. I saw a kitchen recently and while renovated and pristine…the buyer had a hard time finding the refrigerator. The buyers passed…entirely too trendy.

So what works? I will address this in the coming days. But one thing is certain. Think bland. I know you hate it but white or beige sells. Think upscale and HIGH END, think art gallery chic. Yes, it is your home but you must always remember there will be a time for resale and buyers don’t want to re-do your styles. In the bathroom, marble still rules. In the bathroom, white still reeks of clean and neat. In fact, I have NEVER seen a white bathroom go out of style. Whirlpool tubs are not essential but a TUB and separate shower are a must have! Keep it simple, clean and functional.

There is a basic mating ritual that takes place between buyers and properties and you should not make your home so seller specific that buyers cannot see themselves in your home. As properties take longer to sell, today’s buyer does not want an excuse to walk away from your castle. Don’t make it easy for them. Go neutral and go sold.