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hurt11 01-13-2012 01:21 AM

General Update Questions
I live in a 3br 1ba rancher. It is really small no bigger then 900sqft. But Im looking to try and update it to make it look more presentable for when I go to sell it. I would like to paint the walls in the bedrooms, What would be the most thought about color to paint. Same goes for carpet as well. As for the kitchen Im looking to do a little more up to date but nothing really expensive because i dont want to put tons of money into for me to lose out on since I wont be living there 3-7 years later on. And even the flooring, I'd like to do some type of hardwood flooring or something decent Any help or ideas would be great. Thanks Eric

oldognewtrick 01-13-2012 06:42 AM

Eric, I'd consult with a real estate agent and see what they think about what upgrades you are considering. They are familar with what is moving in your area and what local buyers are interested in.

joecaption 01-13-2012 08:35 AM

Drive up in the driveway and think of how your house looks as if you had never seen it before.
Are the shingles old, siding clean, front door in good shape, shutters in good shape, gutters all attached, no trash in the yard, bushes trimmed, flower beds mulched, no holes in the driveway, deck in good shape, no peeling paint.
All low or no cost items that can turn off buyers even before there out of the car. If the outside looks like someone cares live there small things like a room needing paint will be over looked.
Two most important rooms, the bathroom and kitchen.
The other rooms are all fluff and cheap to fix for a new home owner.
Things like a dripping or leaking faucet, rust in the tub, cracked tiles, mold in the bath tub area, peeling paint on the bathroom ceiling.
You can spend thousands of dollars on new flooring but if all the other cheaper stuff I mentioned is in need of repair your not going to sell the house.
There's just to many houses being sold to cheap to over look the simple things.

hurt11 01-13-2012 09:22 AM

Thanks for your guys input.. Didn't even think about consulting with a real estate agent..

And I live on a prvt driveway with 3 others and our driveway takes a beating.. But something can be done to fix that.. Def was looking into changing the siding or cleaning it up a lot.. Roof I am going to replace.. Just didn't take in so many other little things that could make someone over look the small things..

Thanks again for the advice

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