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Bobbett & Associates: All spruced up after strategic improvements make best use of seller’s budget

Bobbett & Associates: All spruced up after strategic improvements make best use of seller’s budget

As our clients’ advisors and support, we make every effort to guide home sellers toward home improvement projects that will add value to their home and maximize their sales price.

Our latest project property had been a rental for many years and was in dire need of some TLC, and we were faced with some large home improvement chores.

We oversaw every aspect of this renovation project on behalf of our out-of-state seller: new roofing, permitting, landscape clean-up, interior painting, hardwood refinishing and a variety of repairs and updates throughout the home, primarily kitchen and bathrooms

Because this house required some big-ticket fix-it items, our costs turned out to be higher than usual at $28,000, with the final cost for improvements coming in slightly higher than the $25,000 budget we initially estimated.

Half of our budget went to the new roof, which is not a common improvement for most home sellers before selling their home. But the roof on this home was the original 50-plus-year-old wood shake roof. It had to go!

Two other items on our wish list could have used attention, central air conditioning and updated windows. In a perfect world, the home would have already had central air and updated windows making the property more comparable to others in its price range. We advised our seller to skip these projects however, because it would have been difficult to recoup the additional out-of-pocket expense and we wanted to ensure we could maximize resale value for our seller.

Our out-of-state seller was thrilled to see the massive improvements and the higher sales price. She loved how we strategically and logically made the best use of her budget by making repairs and updates that were the most cost effective. Once the home improvement tasks were completed, we turned our attention to developing an effective home staging strategy to ensure the house made a positive impression on prospective homebuyers.

As we’ve noted before, a beautifully staged home can make such a strong impression on would-be homebuyers, they may wind up offering above asking price.

In the end, our home improvement advice and home staging efforts on behalf of this lovely homeowner and house in Fullerton paid off. The house sold for $115,000 more than the sitting tenant had offered the owner.

Home improvement advice and project management, as well as the home staging services, were inclusive and at no additional cost to the seller – just part of what distinguishes Bobbett & Associates from ordinary Realtors® – truly FULL service real estate representation.

Realtor Redux: Long-time rental property gets ready for market

At the Redux Realtors our aim is to help our clients make strategic improvements to their homes so they can reap the highest return on their investment once the home hits the market.

With our most recent project, a home with an out-of-state owner that’s been a rental property for the past 15 years, we’ve identified several “strategic” improvements that are necessary and a few of them may be costly.

The biggest item on our list is a new roof. The new roof will cost several thousand dollars, but will also provide a major appearance upgrade. In addition newer roofing technologies such as tiles designed to reflect solar heat can help lower utility costs. A new roof can increase a home’s resale value by as much as $12,000, according to some estimates.

The other item on our list that will be sure to cause a transformation is all the landscaping work we plan to do. The house is currently hidden by overgrown hedges, which may be a deterrent for some buyers. By trimming the landscape, we can better frame the house and make it more inviting to prospective homebuyers. Investments in landscaping can return as much as 20%, according to some estimates.

The outdoor areas are not the only part of this property that will need some TLC, but the interior improvements will have to be made with a conservative budget since such a large chunk of our budget will go toward the new roof. We also plan to refinish the original wood floors, add a new layer of interior paint, install new kitchen cabinet hardware and bring in a professional cleaner. To complete the look and accentuate the home’s many wonderful features, we also plan to stage the home using pieces from our own collection.

Overall, we anticipate this project will require an investment of about $25,000 from the home seller. All together, we expect work to last about three weeks to a month. As-is, the current tenant has offered $525,000 to purchase the house. With our Redux Realtor improvements, we hope to sell north of $625,000.

We look forward to updating everyone once the house is complete.

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