Wednesday, April 11, 2018

4 Things You Don't Need to Fix Before Selling Your North Shore Home

In my last blog post, I shared the answer to the common North Shore homeowner question of whether or not you should sell your home or simply renovate this spring. This week, I'm elaborating for those homeowners in Deerfield, Northbrook, Highland Park, Glencoe, or Winnetka who choose to list their property and take advantage of the numerous buyers in the market.

But does everything need to be fixed before you can officially place that For Sale sign in the yard? Read on for four things that you can pass on this spring:

Half updates
Unless you plan to renovate your entire kitchen or bathroom, you don't need to bother making partial updates. For instance, don't bother placing an expensive new stone like a marble or granite on top of your old cabinets. Making these half updates tends to only accentuate what still needs fixing.

Cosmetic repairs
If your North Shore home has good bones, the foundation is solid, the roof doesn't need replaced right off the bat, and the running systems are in decent shape, smart buyers will know that the necessary cosmetic work is not a big deal. Things like chipped paint or even scuff marks on the floor can all be easily fixed by the buyer and shouldn't hinder your home sale.

Trendy charm
Even though you may feel your home needs a modern edge to hook today's homebuyers, don't feel obligated to add trendy touches before you list. Most importantly, don't spring for a bold, trendy color on the walls. It's still best to keep a neutral palette as bright colors tend to deter buyers more often than not.

Kitchens and baths
While it may be true that these two rooms in your North Shore home can sell the property, you don't need to plan a full-fledged renovation in order to list. The idea of the perfect kitchen or bathroom differs for every buyer and you can never be sure that the design choices you make in your renovation would appeal to them. It's best to err on the side of smaller, neutral changes like a fresh coat of white paint rather than put money into all new fixtures.

Contact me today for more information about selling your home in Deerfield, Northbrook, Highland Park, Glencoe, or Winnetka this spring! I'm here to walk you through the entire process, from home prep to home closing.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Janie Bress
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