We recently had the opportunity to work with a home owner who decided to update her 1997 home before listing it for sale. She wanted to make a prudent investment in the updates that would appeal to buyers, and we were happy to help. She also wanted to be confident she was not overlooking any major repairs, so this savvy seller hired a home inspector before she marketed the home.
Both decisions paid off.
A few key updates to the look and feel of the home can boost the sale value of the property. Some improvements will even shorten the time in which a home is sold. Beyond mere cosmetic improvements, many sellers would also gain valuable information about the condition of their home for a relatively small investment in a home inspection report. Informed sellers can use the inspector's report to make certain improvements (or price their homes accordingly). Few things can sour a real estate deal like costly surprises that pop up in the inspection process after buyer and seller have reached a tentative agreement.
Armed with our client's own inspection report, we set out to replace the roof, install a new steam shower in the master bath, add hardwood floors on the second floor and refinish the hardwood floors elsewhere, paint the house, refresh the kitchen, gut a hall bath, and update the powder room.
Our client received multiple offers on her home within 30 days of listing, including a full price all-cash offer which she accepted. Whoo-Hoo! We wish her continued great success!