Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sellers: Small Improvements Make a Big Difference

The real estate market has begun its rebound, and with it has come an increase in homebuyer activity. Adding to the renewed interest are many first-time buyers looking to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit before it expires on December 1.
A well-cared-for home with memorable details speaks for itself. Sellers looking to make their home stand out can make a few small enhancements that won't cost a lot of money, but will help catch a buyer's eye and could lead to an offer.
Here are a few areas where it may make sense to spend a little remodeling money:
  • Create a finished look by adding crown molding, wider baseboards and/or decorative framing around doors.
  • Add better insulation, caulking and energy efficient appliances which are popular with buyers.
  • Freshen up the walls with a new coat of neutral-color paint. Faux finishes or accent walls can add pizzazz when colors and textures with mass appeal are chosen.

Smitha Ramchandani is a licensed real estate professional at Weichert Realtors' Morristown West, New Jersey office. She is a Certified Buyer Specialist and a Home Marketing Expert.. You can reach Smitha at: 973-953-7777 Mobile or 973-455-1900 Extension 122 (Office) or online at: or or