What To Update In Older Windsor Properties

Posted in General Blog | 05/02/2013

Windsor Property

Windsor Property

If you are planning on selling an older Windsor property that is in some serious need of updating, let us target what specific improvements will give you more money when you put your home on the market.

1960’s Homes:

If you have a home that was built in the 1960’s, chances are, you have old, single paned aluminum slider windows.  It would be a very good idea to upgrade those and replace with double-sided windows.  It can be costly, but you will get most of your money, if not all of it, back.

If you have a kitchen built in the 60’s that has seen little updating, you can improve it without spending an arm and a leg.  If the cabinets are in good shape, then simply replace hardware with nickel knobs or stainless steel.  However, if your cabinets have seen better days yet it’s not in the budget to replace, as long as they are solid wood, you can clean, sand, stain or paint and re-veneer.  Or, if that doesn’t seem viable, replace the cabinet doors.

1970’s Home:

Nothing says a home in this era like orange, harvest gold and avocado green. These were the big colours in those days so if you have anything decorated around these themes, it’s time to update.  And that includes shag carpeting.

One thing about 1970’s homes is that they are now just so dated.  There really is nothing attractive about a home that is decorated in outlandish colours to buyers.  Replace countertops, repaint the rooms a nice neutral earth color, update appliances and replace linoleum and shag carpeting.  Yes, it may be a bite out of your budget, but in order to sell a 70’s home to today’s buyer, you need to get rid of the time warp.  If necessary, concentrate on the kitchen and bathrooms and make them your first priority if you can’t make every change.

1980’s Home:

This was the decade of big, bold wallpaper and lots of colorful carpeting like blues, pinks, grays and sea foam green.  First things first:  get rid of the wallpaper if you can.  Buyers may like wallpaper, but 99.9% of the time they won’t like your wallpaper and they won’t like it if it’s 30 years old.  Again, neutral colours always work best so choose a paint color that most agree is attractive.  Replace dated carpeting with a mid-range floor covering.  You don’t need to buy the most expensive.  With kitchens, a 1980’s home meant tiled counters.  While this isn’t horrible to buyers, if you are able, replace with what is popular in your neighbourhood.  If it seems that granite is what buyers want, then it would be a popular and attractive choice.  Again, it all depends on your budget, but it will be a cost that you get an excellent return.  If you can’t afford to replace the countertops, then make sure any broken tiles are replaced and the grout is clean.

Also, walk around and replace dated light fixtures, doorknobs and paint any baseboards and moldings if they look dingy.  Again, a gallon of paint makes a world of difference and can instantly transform a dated home into something more current.

1990’s Home:

The good news is that 1990’s home don’t usually require as many upgrades than from older homes.  What makes a difference to buyers when homes are approaching the 20-year mark is the condition of appliances and the roof.

If needed, get a roof inspection and if it passes, include that in information you provide to prospective buyers.  However, if your roof does need replacing, you can save by getting a 20-year roof as opposed to anything longer.  If you can’t afford to replace the roof, then talk over with your real estate agent.  You wouldn’t be the first buyer this has happened to, and there are a few ways you can work at the negotiation table or when pricing the home.

With appliances, make sure they are in good working order because it’s about the time where these appliances need to be replaced if they haven’t already.  Buyers will look carefully at original appliances and they will test to make sure they are working correctly.

images-10The main key is to make sure the house is spotless.  An older home particularly needs to be thoroughly cleaned to make it appeal to those that may desire a newer home.  That includes carpeting, flooring, walls and that the bathrooms, bedrooms and certainly the kitchen look and smell amazing.

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