Two of the areas that potential sellers are morst pressured to remodel before listing their house are the kitchen and bathroom. Here are some suggestions of what to do - and what to avoid - when considering a pre-listing renovation:
- Don't purchase high end appliances. Buying a $10,000 Wolf stove may be a good idea, but the buyer may not even know the brand and it wouldn't make any difference to him/her.
- However, service the existing appliances to make sure that they are working perfectly and scrub them, inside and out. If there are any appliances that you do not have, but buyers may consider necessary, it would make sense to buy one eg: dishwasher.
- Don't replace your cabinetry unless it is totally outdated. Do invest in cabinet refacing.
- Don't go granite or marble crazy. There are many options to choose from that will please most buyers.
Do hire a cleaning company to come in and scrub down your WHOLE house.
- Declutter your counters. You probably heard this from every realtor that has come into your house. Just leave the necessities - microwave, coffe pot, toaster - not much more than that. And keep your pantry and cupboards tidy.
- Fresh flowers on the table is a nice way to add colour and fragrance to a room. A bouquet of flowers always is noticed and makes everyone smile.
- Don't do expensive tub/shower repairs or replacements. Replace dated bath and shower fixtures - a rainwater style is an inexpensive upgrade that will be noticed. Replace your vanity, but remember, most families will like to keep their toiletries behind closed doors. Replace old mirror with a big mirror and some great lighting above it. Replace the faucets, but again, don't go overboard.
- Try a simple floating shelf with a few candles. A floor mat, but not around the toilet, can add some warmth and color to the space.
- Declutter. There is no need to keep everything that your family uses on the counter. Toothbrushes, toothpast, soap dispenser. The rest can be kept in the vanity. Make sure everything here is spotless and bring out the shine. No one wants to see a dirty warshroom.