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In This Housing Market, Small Changes Can Make a Big Impact

By Lynne Smithson-Ford, Linden Ponds Planning and Moving Consultant
July 9, 2024
Couple with real estate agent and Sold sign

When you're ready to move, you want to sell your house quickly--without investing in costly repairs or upgrades. 

For those who've lived in the same house for 20, 30, or even 40 years, it can be difficult to determine what changes need to be done. Is it worth it to install new carpet or hardwood floors? Is it time to update the "vintage" kitchen and bathrooms? 

This is where getting advice from an experienced moving professional makes all the difference!

Worthwhile changes

It's important to remember that each house is unique--there is no one-size-fits-all way to effectively prepare your house for the market. 

However, in my experience, a great first step is scheduling a home visit with a planning and moving consultant at an Erickson Senior Living community near you. Their experience in working with real estate agents, coupled with the knowledge of the current local real estate market, puts them in the best position to offer advice when it comes to staging and selling. 

Return on investment

For example, given the current strength of the seller's market in Hingham, Mass., where Linden Ponds is located, large-scale home renovation projects typically do not result in a dollar-for-dollar return. While you want to ensure that your house is visually appealing, the truth is that many buyers will choose to make their own updates and renovations after their purchase. 

Too many times I've heard stories of sellers putting a lot of money into flooring, cabinets, and countertops, only to learn that the buyers replaced everything following the sale. For this reason, I strongly suggest that sellers spend their money judiciously.

Making a first impression

Most homeowners can rattle off a list of interior changes, but it's actually best to start with the home's exterior--to boost the "curb appeal." 

Does the front door need a fresh coat of paint? What about the trim and shutters? I always encourage, if needed, livening up the landscaping--planting flowers, trimming shrubs, and spreading mulch. These investments provide a positive first impression of your house. Often, a buyer will decide whether or not to step into your house based on these factors! 

Next, I suggest sellers walk through their front door, considering what it would be like to view their house for the first time. What stands out to you? Making sure a house is neat and tidy is much more important than shiny new upgrades. 

In addition, I always suggest removing sentimental items, personal photographs, and knickknacks. Placing these items in storage helps create a blank slate for buyers, enabling them to better picture your house as their own. 

Small touches

Some small interior improvements can go a long way in presenting your house in the best light. 

Investing the time and money into a fresh coat of paint, removing carpets with stains, and replacing dated or broken window coverings are touches that will increase appeal--and translate into a higher sale price. 

Whether you plan on selling your house in five months or five years, it's never too early to consider your options. Scheduling an appointment with a planning and moving consultant is a great, pressure-free place to start!

Find an Erickson Senior Living community near you to learn more about the realty and moving services that can help you prepare for a sale.