Monday, August 26, 2013

Should you be fixin' to fixin' up?

Dear Home Diva,
I was thinking about fixing up my house before I put it on the market.  Are there any renovations I should do before I list it?
                                                               --Fixin’ To

Dear Fixin To,
Whoa! Hold your horses, Missy! Before you start any major renovation projects, take a deep breath and look at your house with a critical eye.

First make any essential repairs before tackling the basic, tried and true stuff that will put your home on the fast track to being sold. Things like a fresh coat of paint (neutral paint) will do wonders to showcase the rooms in your house. De-cluttering will not only make your house look roomier, it also allows buyers to visualize how they can live in your home.

Remember, if you have too much stuff, buyers can’t visualize where to put their stuff. And, if they can’t visualize where to put their stuff, they will move on down to the next home.  

Once you’ve assessed the inside, check out your home’s curb appeal, sprucing up your yard as needed.

Still wanting to remodel?

There are certain remodeling projects that provide a good return for your money. According to Remodeling 2013 Cost vs. Value Report for the Dallas area, you can expect to recoup 65 to 85 percent of the cost of replacing your front door, 68 to 71 percent for window replacements and about 77 percent for a wood deck. Many more projects are listed in the report and can be downloaded for free at

But before you start any home improvement projects in order to sell your house, it would be wise to consult with a realtor who knows your market and can determined how your upgrades will effect the sale price of your house and how much bang you’ll get back from your renovation bucks.
                                                                --the Home Diva

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