TOP 3 MOST HATED INTERIOR DESIGN ISSUES IN GILLETTE
If you have any of these features in your Gillette home, they make your home a tough sell and prevent you from getting the most out of your sale
As I Realtor in Gillette, I've seen a lot of things. I should write a book, (maybe someday I will). These three things are what buyers always notice and always mention that they don't like about homes when we're touring them. As a seller, you never want to have something in your house that causes a huge negative emotion to a buyer because, after all, buying a home is truly all about emotions, and no one buys a home that gives them bad feelings.
1. Avocado Bathrooms
Green bathroom fixtures. Face it, the 1970s was a decade of ugly. Who decided bell-bottomed plaid pants were stylish? Worse yet, who told porcelain throne manufacturers that they ought to make their toilets the color of avocados? I always try to look for the positive though, even when I run across an avocado green bathroom. What's the positive? Well, if you like frogs, you can theme that bathroom with a great assortment of frog bathroom products. Green bathroom fixtures, (or blue, or pink), can cost you thousands on the sale of your home, so why not fix the problem? The costliest fix is to rip the fixtures out and replace them. Sinks and toilets can be found pretty cheap if you watch for sales but that tub is going to be expensive. The cheapest and easiest way to deal with the tub is to use epoxy paint and paint the tub. Just Google how to do it and you'll find all the info you need to feel empowered to get the job done. If you still feel insecure about attempting it yourself, or if you just don't have the time or desire to do it, there are numerous contractors who can refinish your tub for you. On the flip side, if you're an investor looking to buy a home to fix up, buying one with avocado green bathroom fixtures is a quick way to get more bang for your buck when you're ready to sell. Simply changing out these fixtures or painting them will make the home thousands of dollars more valuable in the eye of the buyer.
2. Wood Paneling
Wood paneling. It's everywhere in Gillette. Everywhere. I'm talking about that old dark paneling that was used instead of drywall. Once again, it's a product of the gorgeous 1970s and back into the '60s and it dates your house. There's three ways to deal with this and deal with this you must if you want top dollar for your home. The most costly and labor intensive way would be to cover or replace it all with drywall. The next option is to wallpaper over it. You must use wallpaper liner first to cover the grooves, then roll on textured paintable wallpaper that will look like a textured paint when finished. Paint with your color choice. Wallpaper is also something that turns off buyers, but not as bad as brown wood paneling. The third option is the cheapest and easiest-- just paint the paneling. Painted paneling looks much more up to date and is less likely to leave a negative feeling with your buyer or to cause them to walk away from your house simply because of your paneling. If painting the paneling directly, you'll want to be careful not to do too much paint because it can cause your paneling to warp. Use a higher end brand of paint that doesn't require as many coats for good coverage. A lot of sellers take the position of, "If they don't like it, THEY can paint it" without understanding that THEY won't even consider buying it purely because of the look of the paneling. Most buyers are not looking to fix up a house before they move in-- the majority want to move in right away and throw a BBQ for their friends. If the house requires a lot of work before move in day, they're going to adjust their offer to reflect that. If you're trying to sell a house with this wood paneling, do your wallet a favor and just spend a weekend painting the paneling. You'll get more for your house and sell your house faster so it's worth a few hours of work. It's even worth it to hire someone to do it. Like Nike says, "Just do it."
3. Orange Countertops
I'm a child of the ugly '70s so when I walk into a kitchen with an orange countertop, cue the Brady Bunch theme song in my head. "Here's a story, of a man named Brady..." I start imagining Alice at the counter whipping up 6 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for school lunches. Orange counter tops have been out since long before the Brady Bunch quit filming. If replacing the countertop sounds too costly to you, then refinish it. Counter top refinishing kits are available at most hardware stores and they can modernize your countertop in one afternoon.
You don't need to spend a fortune updating your home, but if you want top dollar in your sale, you may need to deal with these things. I'm here to help you get the most money, in the shortest amount of time, with the least hassle to you. Sometimes home sellers are more concerned with selling fast with no hassle on their part to repair or fix up anything, and that's okay. As an agent, it's my job to listen to my client who is wanting to sell, understand their motivations and desires for selling, and to implement a selling and marketing strategy that will get them what they want from their sale, while making sure they are informed on what could affect their sale price or their timeline.
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