Home Upgrades Do’s and Don’ts

Home Upgrades Do’s and Don’ts

I can’t tell you how many completely remodeled homes I’ve been into throughout 2013. Some of them looked incredible and you could really tell that that the sellers or the contractors took their time and did things right. Others were pretty bad and you could tell it was a rush job with no attention to detail. I wanted to share with you a brief list of do’s and don’ts for home upgrading in 2014.

The number one thing that buyers are looking for with upgrades on a home is the kitchen. Buyers want to see granite or something similar like quartz or soap stone. They want to see stainless steel appliances and preferably as gas range on the stove. When choosing the color think light, bright, and inviting.

Anything else in the kitchen such as lighting, cabinets, fixtures, and faucets are icing on the cake. Don’t give buyers mismatched appliances, avoid white appliances, and especially don’t take the refrigerator.

The next thing buyers look at is the flooring. When it comes to upgrading your home for yourself or for resale you have to take into consideration the state of your flooring. Buyers today do not want carpet on the main level. I repeat they want hardwood or lament! If you’re going to keep the carpet at least replace it because buyers won’t want to go through the work themselves; they don’t want a credit for replacing they just want it replaced. If you can’t afford real hardwood take a look at lament it’s a great runner up.

Let’s take a moment and discuss painting. While it’s not an upgrade per se it is something that is overlooked. Buyers don’t want to have to think about repainting a home because the paint on the wall is red, orange, and yellow. Instead go with earth tones and neutral colors. You can never go wrong with egg shell white or a tope if you really don’t want stark white walls. Don’t do the painting yourself. Hire someone that does it for a living because you can tell when someone did the work themselves or when they hired out.

A simple do when looking at upgrading your home in general is not to choose the least expensive option from The Home Depot. The truth is all the remodels I come across have finishes strictly purchased from The Home Depot or Lowes. The other truth is that most fix and flippers don’t want to spend much money so they all get the same finishes. Around seventy percent of all remodels will have similar if not identical finishes to them. When you remodel that bathroom, your kitchen, or your floors spend a little bit more than you normally would. The last thing you want is for your amazing remodel to look like someone else’s fix and flip.

No matter the remodel project we at The Colorado Dream House Team know how to make your home show ready for the selling season. Give us a call and let us show you how to market your home for the highest amount possible and sell in the fastest amount of time.

Marc Bayes is a Broker Associate with the Colorado Dream House Team, Keller Williams Realty DTC. Contact Marc at 303-619-3052, marc@coloradodreamhouse.com, codreamhouse.com or coloradodreamhouse.com  

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