Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to selling a home in Portland, it’s best to be honest with yourself and acknowledge the truth if the home you’re selling is a fixer upper house.
Maybe you’re lacking the funds needed to upgrade your well-loved home and it’s become a fixer upper or perhaps you’ve realized you aren’t like Drew and Jonathan Scott on Property Brothers and can’t get the work done to flip your fixer upper house into a premium property. Here are five tips are designed to help you take your fixer upper from wanting to wow factor so you can sell your Portland home for top dollar.
Hire an Independent Home Inspector to Assess Your Home
Purchasing a house is complicated enough. Potential buyers are astute and observant, and will frequently (if not always) have a home inspector of their own, so having an outside party inspect your home before you start the renovation process will only serve to benefit you and the future homeowners in the long run.
A licensed home inspector from a reputable company will ensure small details and large problems won’t be missed. Have them especially focus on your home’s plumbing, HVAC, electrical work, and the home’s roof. These four items are incredibly important to your home’s integrity and can make or break a sale.
Find a General Contractor You Can Trust
Whether this is an investmentment property you’re trying to flip or you’re just trying to make improvements to your home so you can sell it for more, having a trustworthy contractor on your side is invaluable. They can take the pressure off of you when it comes to finding subcontractors, keeping your project on time, and ensure that the work is done correctly.
Kitchens and Bathrooms Sell Homes
This cliche is a cliche, because it’s true. Your budget might be tight after repairing or replacing the roof, plumbing, electrical, and/or HVAC. You might be debating whether to completely renovate several rooms or do small improvements throughout the house with what’s left of your budget. To get the largest return, we recommend focusing on the home’s kitchens and bathrooms.
Upgrading countertops, replacing faucets and shower heads, and updating appliances and cabinets will only serve to improve the home’s value and therefore, sale price. Fixtures and appliances are things buyers notice, not necessarily those expensive, energy efficient windows you’ve been considering. Additionally, upgraded features are things all potential buyers will be expecting if they’ve been watching HGTV or have been touring homes every weekend for the last several months.
Paint Can Make a World of Difference
Just because you’re focusing on your home’s kitchen and bathrooms, doesn’t mean you should neglect the other rooms in the house. Paint is an inexpensive way to refresh your home’s bedrooms and hallways. When deciding on a paint color, remember that you’re planning on selling your home, meaning light neutrals are typically your best bet. When in doubt, a fresh coat of white paint can go a long way. Save the greens, yellows, and reds for your new home.
Don’t neglect your doors when painting. If you can’t afford an updated front door, painting it an either matte black or a pop of color creates a lasting, positive first impression, which is exactly how you want potential buyers to start their tour of your home.
Help Your Buyers Envision Themselves in Your Home
If your home is empty, stage it. People often need help visualizing the full potential of spaces, and having your home staged will do that work for your buyers. If you’re currently living in the fixer upper house you’re trying to sell, stashing away clutter and and making sure your rooms aren’t stuffed with furniture is important. While buyers want to see what rooms can be, they don’t want to see what their future home will look like with toys strewn across the floor.