Friday, July 17, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
If you're thinking about selling your home but don't like the idea of having home improvement workers in your house during Covid, you're not alone. But based on the number of closings we've been seeing, Hudson Valley home owners are still putting their homes on the market. Many are wisely taking advantage of the current real estate market - we are in an unprecedented and rare "seller's market," with little competition and buyers snapping up everything in sight.
So what projects can you do yourself to spruce up the homestead before listing it for sale? Here's four to get you started that will add a lot of appeal to your home, and also not break the bank.
1. Do a little gardening.
What's not to like about a little yard work, outdoors in the fresh, clean air? It's an easy and inexpensive way to add curb appeal for that all important first impression. A neat and tidy yard not only has an aesthetic appeal, but hints that the rest of the property is well cared for as well.
- Add color by planting some annuals, as well as seasonal flowering shrubs and perennials.
- Do a little weeding and feeding of your lawn to green it up. Mowing and edging provide a well cared for look.
- Put in a few colorful deciduous trees such as Tulip, Dogwood or Red Oak trees.
2. Paint, paint, paint.
Painting walls a neutral color or cleaning walls that already are neutral are two simple ways to brighten up and refresh an older home. You'll be surprised at how dirty or faded walls can get over time, with nicks and scratches you've gotten used to seeing.
3. Refresh your lighting.
How many home owners does it take to change a light bulb? If your home has dull recessed lights, this is the time to unscrew them and put a (literally) brilliant replacement. Not only will modern LED bulbs brighten up your living room and dining room, but it will save you and your buyer money. An ordinary incandescent light bulb uses on average, 3280 kWh per year- which is an awful lot! Fluorescent light bulbs use significantly less power at 770 kWh per year, which isn’t bad at all. But our favorite, the super efficient LED light bulb, comes in at 330 kWh per year! (And how many home owners does it take to change a lightbulb? Just one, but first he has to get his ladder back from the neighbor down the street.)
4. Give the kitchen some TLC.
A full-blown kitchen re-do is an expensive job and one best left to craftsmen. But a few DIY upgrades will make a big difference at a relatively low price. Here's a few to consider:
- Paint baseboards, cabinets, trim, moldings and entryways.
- De-clutter. See what personal detrius you have scattered about - photos, political or religious artifacts, memorabilia and your grandchildren's pictures and put them away to enjoy later in your next home. Buyers like it clean and tidy, and need to be able to envision living there themselves.
- Get new appliances.
If you could update your appliances like you updated the wall colors I'd recommend painting your appliances, but you can't. If you have outdated or well-used kitchen appliances, a new dishwasher, microwave, humidifier, and oven is one way to make your kitchen look modern and more functional.
- Clean and touch up your counter tops. Examine them for cracks, nicks and grout issues and fix them as much as possible. Butcher block counters are easy to sand down and re-finish. Replace outdated cabinet pulls and drawers with new ones.
None of these projects will cost much, and all are within the capabilities of the average weekend-warrior handyman. In fact, you can spread out the cost and do one update/upgrade at a time until the time you are ready to sell the house.
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