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My Best Real Estate Advice Revisited

Last night I was checking in with the seller of a new listing I have coming up about how they are doing with their home preparation.  They had decided to add some hardwood to areas but needed to replace some old wood in the kitchen as well to tie it all in.  I asked how it looked and he couldn't say enough.  He did say though what I so often hear, "We keep asking ourselves why we didn't do this sooner so we could enjoy it ourselves". 

I wrote an article about just that very thing many years ago when I first started my blog and being so fitting, I decided to share that with you again.   

My Best Real Estate Advice

Many times people wait till they need to sell their homes to fix it up.  I'm guilty myself.  Three years ago when we were selling our home here in El Dorado Hills, we finally added some paint to our stark white walls and took down the fluorescent lighting so popular in the early 90's.  We liked it so much it made us question, "Why didn't we do this before now?"

So my best advice is not to update your home for the next buyer.  Do it for yourself in stages and enjoy it till that time comes when you decide to sell.  Start with your kitchen and master bedroom/bath.  These rooms make the biggest impact and where better than the places you begin and end your day.  Take down the wallpaper. Though you may hear it's coming back, they are not referring to the flowery styles we use to have.  Talk to your painter about the new techniques they have for painting over it instead of trying to remove it.  Replace your florescent lighting.  With every project, use the best quality materials you can afford.  It will pay off in the long run, and remember you're doing this for yourself.   

Do-it-yourself projects are ok as long as you're working within your capabilities.  Larger, more complex projects should be done by professionals so that your investments add to your home's value.   If you do hire a professional following these tips could save you a lot of problems.

  • Get referrals from people you know and trust.
  • Check contractor licenses through the Contractors License Board.
  • See some of their work first hand.
  • Keep a regular eye on all the detail or you risk not getting what you thought you were.  (The earlier you   identify and communicate a problem, the better for everyone involved.)

Our homes are most often our biggest investment and where we spend most of our time.  Updating it regularly not only increases its value, but allows us to love where we live. 

My best advice then and now is not to wait.... do your updating for yourself!






DeeDee Riley - El Dorado Hills Realtor - Lyon Real Estate - CABRE#01499004


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Comment balloon 4 commentsDeeDee Riley • April 23 2014 11:00AM


Nice article, be as nice to yourself as you would be to someone else and it save doing a lot of work in the end.

Posted by Tanya Van Blake-Coleman, Improving the Quality of Your Life (Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com) over 4 years ago

DeeDee - Great advice to fix your home up sooner, rather than later and enjoy your efforts before it is time to sell!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale www.TahoeLauraLuxuryHomes.com, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 4 years ago

DeeDee, I've heard the same from many sellers.  The other thing I hear a lot is that they won't store stuff they don't need once they move. It's so easy to accumulate a lot of stuff, which we never use, making moving even more challenging.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 4 years ago

DeeDee it is so funny sellers love to update their homes when they are ready to sell it. I believe they should just let the next buyer do it, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 4 years ago