Every Friday I post an idea or project to enhance your house now with an eye to selling down the road someday.
I showed a house a couple of weeks ago with mottled brown-and-orange, sculptured shag carpeting throughout the basement. The buyer, a mere youngster next to me, looked at it for a while, then looked at me as if to say “this was popular at some point?”.
By the time a carpet gets that old, who knows what’s growing in it! In this property, it was obvious where the furniture had been – the colors were richer and you could tell there was padding underneath. In the traffic areas…not so much.
Of course the paneling was of the same vintage, but it was in great shape and would have looked much better with fresher and more contemporary carpeting.
There’s nothing like the feeling of new carpeting – it makes the house feel more welcoming and I guarantee you’ll enjoy something from this century instead of the last.
Each Friday I’ll post a new “52 things to do now that will improve your resale value/chances later.” Why do them now? Because you’ll enjoy your house more. Let’s face it – if you don’t do it now, you’ll pay for it later – either because you’ll have to do it as part of your preparing the house for sale, or if you don’t do it at all, you’ll pay for it in your sales price. (Tip: buyers always discount a problem more than it actually costs to fix.) Why not enjoy the benefits of your labor now? What is the second most-common comment I hear when I list properties -after the prep work has been done to put the house on the market? “I wish we’d done this a long time ago -we love it!”
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