Condition. Condition. Condition! Pricing, pricing, pricing! You can’t do much about location, location, location. But you can affect your sales by condition and pricing. What to consider – floors, walls, exterior condition, cleanliness, repairs, even some upgrades.
Is your carpet just a little bit worn? In this market even a “little bit” can make or break your sale. Change it! Put your money into the best pad and save on the carpet. Are your hardwood floors dull or scratched? $1K or $2K can be easily negotiated away if your floors don’t shine. Is your vinyl flooring outdated or are there cuts in it? What about tile floor? Old style and/or cracked? Again, buyers now don’t want to do the work and will discount your house heavily if they have do it (more than it will cost you!).
We have some great references for carpet, vinyl and refinishing or installing hardwood floors in Chapel Hill, Durham or Chatham Counties in North Carolina. Contact us for further information.
Paint and be fun! But is your house too white or too colorful? It used to be that you painted everything clean white but that became boring and cold. Now we have overcompensated and gone to very strong colors. Remember, while you want some warmth with color, stay with a soft “neutral color.” Soft, warm taupes or golds in living areas, cool sages or light blues in bedrooms and baths, saving the stronger reds (used moderately) in the dining area.
Are you thinking of selling in the Triangle within the next year? Contact us for ideas on paint colors - we have collected lots of chips for our prospective sellers.
Look for more ideas about what areas of your house might need some attention in our next blog...