Just listed a great property in Colchester - a 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2225 square foot Townhouse built in 2001 for $269,900. It had been listed by another Realtor prior and hadn't sold yet, so now it's our turn to try to sell it. A few things we noticed that might make the home more sellable were if we upgraded the kitchen and bathroom cabinet knobs as well as paint a few rooms to more neutral colors. The cabinets in both the kitchen and full baths are a light wood color - most likely maple and they featured white ceramic knobs. We decided to upgrade the cabinet hardware to a more modern style - satin nickel! You can buy a set of 10 knobs at Lowe's Home Improvement for about $19 - that's less than $2 per knob! All that was required to switch out the hardware was a screwdriver and it only took about 20 minutes. A cheap and easy way to give any kitchen or bath a fresh new look!
We also have plans to paint the dining room and living room in this Condo. The dining room is currently a light orange color, which probably looked great with the previous décor and furniture, but it's better to have a more neutral color. This way, prospective buyers can start with a clean slate, so to speak. In addition, the dining room is the first room you see when you walk in the door and the old saying couldn't be any more true, "You never get a 2nd chance to make a 1st impression!" The living room is a deep red, which again is nice and gives the room some warmth and personality, but again most buyers prefer to see homes in more neutral state, so they can picture their own furniture and decorations in the room more easily. Also, new owners can always paint later to match their specific style, but it's always easier to paint over a light color than a dark one.
These are just a couple tips to make your house more sellable, especially in the slow market we're experiencing now! Click here for more tips on how to make your home sell faster!