Making Your House As Charming As It Is DependablePosted by Kevin Hughes on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 5:21pm.
When you are trying to sell your house there are many aspect to consider, and address, before it is ready for the market. If you own a particularly old house, functional aspects of your home are a major concern. Commonly referred to as invisible renovations, improvements to the structure, plumbing, electrical, and insulative parts of your home may rank at the top of your priority list. But these invisible renovations are just that; invisible. Most buyers will not even pause to look at your place if it does not have external appeal. The trick to ensuring that your investment in invisible improvements is not wasted, is to make your house just as visually appealing.
First of all, your house needs to look charming. Yellow patches in the grass, broken light fixtures, and shabby gutters all detract from this goal. Talk to your local lawn specialist and get some dirt under your fingernails. A healthy yard and flower beds add remarkable appeal to an otherwise plain home. Not only does it improve the look, but it also improves the soil in your gardens. When working on your light fixtures, don’t be afraid to replace the spotted and rusting lanterns with shiny new ones. Dust them regularly to free them from spider webs. While cleaning out your gutters, consider repairing places where the bolts may have come loose and diverting the water flow into the garden, instead of over the sidewalk. Small adjustments like these work wonders for your house’s curb appeal.
Interior RenovationsSometimes it is difficult to compromise the cosmetic and functional needs of your home. Revamping your plumbing system is a spendy investment and the thought of spending additional money on superficial details may be hard to swallow. But the simple truth is that buyers pay for what they see. No matter how pristine your plumbing system is, no one will pay for it if they think the bathroom is ugly. With that in mind, spending extra on a tiled backsplash may not be a bad investment after all. Spending all of your money on the visual aspects, though, it is not advisable. No one wants to go to court over a flooded basement. Your best solution is to address the invisible renovation needs in your home, and while the tools are out, do a new paint job or install an immaculate faucet. If you are replacing the insulation in your living room, punch out the wall a bit further and install a bay window. Small, and sometimes large, modifications in locations you are already improving ensure that your buyers see your quality work for what its worth.
Invisible renovations are a luxury that homeowners will enjoy for years after they purchase your house. Customer satisfaction is important for business, so these improvements are essential. But do not forget that buyers have an eye for beauty. You have to give them something visually appealing if you expect them to even consider purchasing your house. A picturesque house is a sold house. Cosmetic improvements are not beyond the scope of your abilities, and will ensure that you do not lose money when you come to a happy closing.
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