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  • 1. get top dollar home seller newsletter it’s a goodlife 5 improvements not to do before selling your home spend a little… closets get a lot buyers may oooh and ahhh over a large walk-in closet that could double for a well • if your stove has drip organized bedroom. however, they will trays, replace them. they rarely pay extra for it. adding, expanding or are inexpensive, easy to customizing closets can cost thousands of install, and improve the dollars and while they look impressive, the look of the appliance. return on investment isn’t. save your money. • clean all windowsills regu- room additions larly. a dirty windowsill will you’ve made the decision to sell negate any benefits of a unless your home is a two bedroom/one your home and now your mind is sparkling window. bath in a neighborhood of four bedroom/ quickly filling with a lengthy “to do” two bath homes, don’t waste your time, list, but before panic begins to set in, sanity or money on adding rooms. • to remove old paint from take heart and repeat a new mantra, ornate turnings, dip twine “soap and paint are my friends.” there’s no way to predict a buyer’s pref- erences, so it is best to present the home in into paint remover, hold by while the home should be neat, the best way possible – using soap, paint and both ends and pull back clean and in good repair, major im- carpet – and leave any remodeling to the and forth between crev- provements are not necessary and usu- new owners. ices. ally cost more than can be recouped in pool the selling price. so, give the house a • oil and rust stains can be thorough cleaning, a fresh painting and a pool may seem like a good way to at- removed from concrete perhaps re-carpet areas that have worn tract buyers but many folks just don’t want with commercial driveway footpaths through them. money spent the maintenance that comes with it. a buyer cleaners that are available on soap, paint and carpet will reappear who doesn’t want the upkeep of a pool from automotive and home in the selling price of the home. and won’t purchase a house that has one. pools remember, if buyers can’t see the and their surrounding deck areas are expen- improvement stores. money you spent, you won’t recoup it… sive and this cost is rarely returned in the even if you tell them about it. selling price of the house. however, some- one who adores the house would be willing resist the temptation to undertake to put in a pool later. let them shoulder major renovations or replacements – that expense. particularly these five costly projects. (continued on the next page) 512.892.9473 • www.goodlifeteam.com 1114 east cesar chavez • austin, tx 78702
  • 2. 5 improvements not to do (continued) new roof bathroom, experts suggest reducing the asking price to reflect the outdated kitchen and bath- putting on a new roof isn’t a good idea for a rooms and allow the purchaser to take care of couple of reasons. a seller is only required to these projects. have a roof that doesn’t leak. leaky roofs are easily and inexpensively patched. the money now that we’ve dismissed most of the major saved by patching the roof makes repair a bet- projects, it is easier to focus on cleaning, paint- ter choice. also, replacing the roof involves ing and carpeting. when deciding which projects making a subjective choice about the color, to undertake, keep in mind that you want to do shingle style and durability of the roof. if the the least amount of fixing up required in order to buyer doesn’t care for the new roof, the cost sell the house for the maximum selling price. of it could be money wasted. major renovations to kitchen or bathroom remember the mantra? soap and paint are my friends. these renovations are costly and require decisions as to style, colors, brands and price. in lieu of remodeling the kitchen or how to avoid the most expensive mistakes finding the right real estate agent can make smart people make when they sell a all the difference in the sale of your home... home... critical questions to ask: what is your marketing plan to mistake #6: refusing to make profit- sell my home? where will you market my home? producing repairs you are looking for a real estate agent or team while you will more than likely not recoup the that will do more than just put a sign in the yard cost of the major improvements mentioned and place your home in the mls. above, some minor improvements and in today’s market, where most buyers start their repairs often yield as much as three to five search online, you want a realtor with a heavy times the repair cost at the time of sale. the internet presence. take a look at goodlife team can advise you as to which goodlifeteam.com under free buying/selling tips repairs to make to increase the value of your at how to get the most money for a look at how home. the goodlife team compares to the average realtor. 512.892.9473 • www.goodlifeteam.com 1114 east cesar chavez • austin, tx 78702