Monday, July 9, 2007

Going to Market

Say you are ready to sell your house. It is in good shape, but it might not be the best house on the block. You might find yourself wondering, "How much work do I need to do to make a profit when selling this house?"

For instance, should you install those popular granite countertops and stainless steel kitchen appliances even though your kitchen seems perfectly fine? Or perhaps you should do a major landscaping renovation to give the house amazing curb appeal?

The challenge here is to do just enough to help sell your house, without going overboard. You might spend tens of thousands of dollars on that fancy kitchen or pretty yard, only to then have the buyers re-do it themselves to their own desires. And, will you really get back the money you invested?

I think it is best to be pro-active but prudent in these situations. Remember, your goal as a seller is to sell the house, not completely renovate it for the buyer. Do the necessary cosmetic upgrades to make your home attractive to buyers, but don't go bankrupt trying to have the most desirable home on the market. There are lots of tips and tricks to getting your home ready for market.

If you are ready to list your home for sale and need advice on preparing it for market, please let me know. I'd be happy to help. I can be reached at 510-547-5970 x57 or

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