Getting the best results

According to Remodeling Magazine there is more of a return on a home owner’s investment with small projects.

Cleaning, staging and remodeling are ways to get the most for an existing home. Recent survey results for the New England region for upscale remodeling projects indicated: The replacement of the exterior siding of a home had the highest return on investment (87%) followed by the replacement of garage doors (83%), window replacements (74%), deck addition (65%), major kitchen remodel (64%), bathroom remodel (64 percent), major kitchen remodel (64%), roofing replacement (63%) and bathroom addition (61%).

If the home has floor plan issues (too many bedrooms are serviced by not enough baths, the kitchen appliances are not conveniently placed), these renovations will, understandably, have a higher a higher return and may result in the selling of the home.

It is also important for a home not only to appear organized, well-maintained and clean, but also appear decorated to attract today’s buyers. The home should be painted in neutral shades and cleared of as much wall paper and wall-to-wall carpeting as possible.

Antique furnishings and vintage collections should be stored, passed on or sold to enable today’s buyers to see themselves living in the home. Pictures of homes on web sites showing older furnishings make the home appear old to buyers regardless of their worth. Statistics support that a home professionally staged with current, minimalistic trends will sell in significantly less time than others.

Builders selling new homes often professional stage a few rooms or a model home to give buyers an idea of how they can live in it. Unfortunately, not all buyers have vision.

Should budgets not permit a professional stager, the homeowner can store some of their items and select key rooms (living/family rooms and master bedroom) to have just a few of today’s furnishings. Also, by eliminating many pieces of furniture, especially large ones, makes a home appear more spacious. Less is still more.

If a piano has not been used for years, perhaps, it is time for it to be someone else’s treasure. It is wise to do so before listing, especially, if it means the home would show better and thereby command a better price. By streamlining furnishings and possessions before selling will also reduce moving costs and seller’s becoming overwhelmed when the home goes under contract.

The home should also smell fresh to buyers. Sometimes older possessions can be a source of a musky odor. The scent of deodorizers and candles may flag a possible problem in the home; and may also cause an allergic reaction to buyers.   The source of odors should be removed or addressed before listing or may prove costly to the seller after an inspection.

Often sellers forget to have carpets and windows cleaned and this can boost the home’s appeal as well. Landscape should be refreshed and streamlined, weather permitting, so the home is the focus.


Mary Ann Clark is a Realtor with Coldwell Banker at 189-191 Mason Street in Greenwich. Questions or comments may be emailed to [email protected]

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