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Home Renovation Experience: Making it Better

Home Renovation Experience: Making it Better

No matter if you are buying or selling, renovating not only makes it better, it makes it more valuable. Call it a personality flaw if you like, but I can’t stand to leave something that can be improved alone. Every house I have owned since my first one when I was 21 years old (40 years ago) has had upgrades and renovations done to it. Some were simple such as painting and landscaping to total overhauls from the ground up. To date that is about 10 houses. When I say from the ground up I mean it. On Salt Spring I had two houses brought in by Nickel Bros House Moving and put on new foundations. I have also helped clients do the same thing. If you want an instant house, this is the way to go. Feel free to ask me about the benefits and the challenges to this activity. Sellers As a seller, if there are issues that buyers are going to see as a reason not to make an offer or to make a low offer, they should be addressed if possible. Think about it as going on a first date. You don’t want to arrive in a jacket with a torn sleeve or dirt on your face. Those are issues that can be dealt with easily and for little money. Obviously there are some issues that can’t be resolved without a larger investment. Being follically challenged, I understand that all to well. The point is you want to present your property in it’s best possible light. As overused as it is, You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression really applies. As a listing Agent, part of the price evaluation process is the presentation of the home or property. A palace with obvious maintenance issues will give pause to a buyer even if it is offered and a bargain basement price. A broken front gate will immediately cause a buyer to start worrying about what else may be in need of work and start looking for problems rather than looking for advantages. The property should look neat, clean and fresh. If the front door has scratches and stains on it, paint it, sand it or replace it. Elbow grease is many times worth more than replacement. More serious renovations must be looked at with an eye to the return on investment. It has been said many times that the most important rooms in a house to a buyer is the kitchen and the bathrooms. These are the comfort food areas of the house. If the buyer does not feel comfortable in these rooms they are going to be turned off the whole...

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