Prompted by the post of our new member Paula, and wether or not she should do a reno on her second bathroom to match her nicely renovated first one.
I thought this was a good discussion point.
Selling homes and making them presentable to the buyer is an area I would dearly love to get into. But unfortunately Real Estates in my area are not willing to push this issue with their clients.
I just went to a friend last Friday, she has had her house up for sale for quite a while, and was feeling very down about her home, and what it was that could be putting people off about her house.
These are people I have known for a long time, but we don’t spend time together, so I have never been to their home.
When I pulled up in their drive I was most impressed by the street presentation of their home, well looked after gardens, newly re -surfaced driveway, and the house did not need a re paint.
The owner of this home is a brick layer, so on entry to his home I was taken back by the amount of brick walls.
Ok….render 4 walls and paint. Now, the rest of the house was immaculate! In excellent condition for a 15 year old home. I was most impressed, and could not understand why the house was not selling.
New handles for the kitchen, take this down and get rid of that. End of
Now we come back to the Real Estate agent…..they have no idea how to show or present a home. Their job, in my eyes to point out the good things about a home….this is not being done.
Heres my questions……how much money are you prepared to spend on getting your home to presentation standard for sale?
How much time and effort are you prepared to wast?
What do you feel are the main issues/selection in a home that you would look out for when buying an older home?
Renovation are very popular now, a lot of people are buying older homes and doing renos, rather than building new ones.
What is your criteria for this when viewing an older home?