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10 Low-Cost Tweaks to Help Your Home Sell

Put these inexpensive but invaluable fixes on your to-do list before you put your home on the market Full Story
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I'd like to raise a question if anyone's interested. I agree that some things on this list would definitely make me say, 'Ugh, not this place.' For example, if it's so overstuffed with stuff that I can't see the 'bones' of the place, if the potential is masked by mountains of stuff.

But I wonder how many Houzz readers see something like a scuffed floor or stained or cheap doors and instead of thinking, 'No way. Next house please,' they immediately start thinking, 'Hmm... I could change those for...and it would look really great.' I understand looking at things and thinking, 'OK, add 15,000$ to make this livable' and moving on to the next listing. I don't mean those really expensive things like a leaking roof or sinking foundation or fire-damaged kitchen, dangerous electrics, etc. I mean the cosmetic and fairly cheap fixes mentioned in this article.

Is it only me? I look at a house that needs upgrading and thoughtful decorating, and I want to rescue it and turn it into everything it can be. But then I read Houzz all the time.

Do most home-seekers really choose or reject a house because of a few askew shutters or faucets that have seen better days or colors that don't work or a doggy-smelling carpet?

I wonder if real-estate agents can answer the question: Are there two kinds of clients - the ones who see some cosmetic flaws and immediately reject the home vs. the ones who see some flaws and think, 'I can turn this guttersnipe into a duchess and pass her off at the embassy ball?
February 21, 2014 at 12:13pm     
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