July 09, 2019 at 2:11pm | Sheri Brown
Over the past few months we've had a number of conversations with clients about the best way to prepare their home for the market.  The most consistent questions are always related to "How much work, effort, time, money, etc. is it worth putting forward to get the house ready?"  

If you are in the same boat, take a look at our team's summary of what items provide the highest return in the eyes of a home buyer.

1.  Landscaping and Curb Appeal - The old adage is true.  You only get one chance to make a good first impression.  
Take the time to replace mulch or rock in your front yard. Repaint the trim at the front door, add colorful plantings and/or potted plants at your entry. Most of our clients are spending somewhere in the range of $150 to $1200 to prepare the exterior of the home and it is completely worth it.

2.  Paint - The least expensive, highest impact change you can make to your home.  Take an honest look at your hallways, kitchen and living spaces.  Paint will make everything look like new.  Neutral colors are the best options.  Think "greige".  Yes, it's a real color and it's a mix of gray and beige that can work with a variety of homes.  
If you do the painting yourself you are probably looking at $100 per room or hire it out for $300-400 per room.

3.  Flooring - This can get more expensive but it makes a big impression on a buyer.  If you have outdated flooring (worn carpet, dated tile) take a look at engineered hardwood or possibly  vinyl plank flooring.  
There are some amazing vinyl plank floors available right now that are easy to install and look great. Keep in mind the price point of your home and neighborhood. If you are in a segment of the market where true hardwood floors are a standard then stick with wood.
Costs on this can range from $2-4/sq.ft. for vinyl plank or $6-8 for engineered wood floors plus installation.

Questions on these or other ideas?  Just let us know.  We would be happy to share the experiences we are seeing for our clients and what works.


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