For Sellers: The Dos and Don'ts of Pre-Sale Updating

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Matthew Rand provides some helpful tips and advice on updating your home prior to listing it for sale.

Never be the last homeowner in your neighborhood to renovate

Matthew Rand provides some helpful tips and advice on updating your home prior to listing it for sale.

“Never be the last homeowner in your neighborhood to renovate,” says Matthew Rand, Managing Partner of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. Many buyers know that the key to a quick sale is to be on par with surrounding properties, but not to completely surpass them. So, when updating before a sale, keep in mind the following dos and don’ts.

Don’t add in superfluous luxuries like a home-office or master suite. They may look appealing to you, but your buyer may see them as over-the-top.

Don’t go overboard with the extras. “You may need to revamp your kitchen, but you probably don’t need to choose the highest-end cabinetry or appliances,” warns Rand. Most buyers won’t fully appreciate these luxurious details, costing you money in the sale.

Don’t go crazy on the yard. You might think a new patio or deck will be a huge selling point, but it may not be. Be sure to keep up with your landscaping so that it looks enticing, but don’t sink tons of cash into large-scale improvements.

Do turn that extra attic space into an extra bedroom. If it doesn’t cost too much to insulate and revamp your extra attic space, consider turning it into an extra bedroom. “This will appeal to buyers with large families, or who plan on having out-of town guests and find an extra bedroom an asset,” notes Rand.

Do redo your bathroom, but aim for mid-range updates. “Similar to the kitchen renovation, while most buyers will appreciate a nice tub or walk-in shower, adding that whirl-pool spa or Jack & Jill sink set-up is not a necessity, and can seem overboard to some,” says Rand.

Do update your siding. New siding on your home can really add sparkle to its appearance. As exteriors are often neglected, giving the outside of your house a little TLC can help it shine during selling.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate - Rand Realty, founded in 1984, is the No. 1 real estate brokerage in the Greater Hudson Valley with 27 offices serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess counties in New York and Passaic and Bergen counties in New Jersey. Rand has more than 800 sales associates, as well as a commercial real estate company (Rand Commercial Services), new york mortgage company (Rand Mortgage), title company (Hudson Abstract Services) and New York insurance agency (The Hudson Group Insurance Agency). Rand Realty is also on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on updating your home for selling, please contact Matthew Rand, at media(at)randrealty(dot)com.


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