3 Improvements That Can Help an Older Home Get Noticed

by Leslie Howard 05/09/2020

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Are you preparing to list your older home for sale on the market? While older homes are still widely sought by both first-time and returning home buyers, sometimes they will need a little sprucing up so that you can maximize your sale price and get it sold more quickly. The good news is that you don't have to invest a fortune to make an older home more saleable. Below are a few simple home improvement projects that can get your home noticed.

Give Your Bathroom a Modern Update

Bathrooms are one of the areas that many home buyers are looking to be move-in ready. Older, worn fixtures and poor plumbing can make a potential buyer look twice. Bathroom models can range from cost-efficient to extremely expensive, but you don't need to go with deluxe upgrades to get buyers to notice. Purchase some inexpensive fixtures, fix any tiling, add new faucets and hardware, and make sure to address any leaks and clogs. A buyer will be able to identify new fixtures, which will show it has been recently updated, and if the bathroom looks clean and updated, they are likely to think the rest of the house is the same.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

For many people, this may seem like an unnecessary task as many new homeowners will paint their new home in the colors they want. But the truth is that a fresh coat of paint can make a room look newer and fresher. Wall can quickly become blemished with scratches and marks, and the new paint will remove these imperfections and spruce up the color in the room. Consider sticking with more neutral colors that will work with the floors and furnishings. Neutral colors can make spaces look larger, and if the new homeowners wish to paint when they move in, it will be easier for them to cover up with their desired paint colors. 

Make Your Backyard Look More Inviting

Many homeowners will focus on curb appeal and pay little attention to the backyard. A backyard can be a great selling point as a space for entertaining or an inviting play area for children. Trim back bushes or overgrowth to create more landscaped areas and open up the space as much as possible. The goal is to have your backyard look neat, kempt and as large as possible. If there are any areas that need grass, make sure to address those as well as removing any weeds. A lush lawn can be extremely inviting for potential home buyers.

You don't have to spend a lot to make your older home more appealing to buyers. Follow the simple tips above to help you get your home sold quickly and for the price, you are looking to get. 

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Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard joined the Sotheby’s International Realty team early in 2018. Despite her recent start, she hasn’t missed a beat. This is partially due to Leslie being a Denver area resident for over 20 years. As an invested resident in her community, she has a developed a keen awareness and understanding of the Denver metropolitan area. With her knowledge of the community, her excellent communication skills and a resilience to get the job done, Leslie is well on her way to a long-term, successful relationship with real estate. She is both SRS (Seller Representative) and CMAS (Certified Mountain Area Specialist) certified.  

Prior to real estate, Leslie’s entrepreneur spirit has led her on numerous successful business ventures. She has taken the same persistence, energy and passion that it took her to launch successful businesses into her new passion of real estate. In addition, Leslie is skilled in Aviation management as she has successfully managed a corporate hangar space housing the aircraft of some of the world’s biggest brands. At the end of the day, Leslie is known as a people person. Her sincere heart and deep desire to see the dreams of people fulfilled is uncanny.  

Leslie currently calls the mountains in Conifer, Colorado, home where she lives with her husband, Charles and their two boxers. They have two sons Dominick and Garrett. Leslie loves the outdoors, auto racing and rescuing horses and donkeys. Designations/Licenses: Seller Representative Specialist