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Ceilings, Walls and Painting

Check all the ceilings for water stains, whether the leak is caused by
plumbing or a faulty roof. Find the leak and repair it and make sure a
proper job is done. Nothing irritates a buyer more than finding out -
after the fact - about plumbing or roofing leaks. They will be talking
about calling a lawyer faster than your car engine starts when you turn
the ignition key.

If a water stain is left after something you have already repaired, do the
cosmetic work necessary to improve the desirability of your home.
That means painting.

You may have to paint anyway, especially if dirt has accumulated in
spots or you have an outdated color scheme. Painting makes a home
look fresh and new on the inside and never fails to impress.

Painting can be your best investment when selling your home. It is not
a very expensive operation and often you can do it yourself. Do not
choose colors based on your own preferences, but based on what
would appeal to the widest possible number of buyers. You should
almost always choose an off-white color because white helps your
rooms appear bright and spacious.

Carpet and Flooring

Unless your carpet appears old and worn, or it is definitely an outdated
style or color, you probably should do nothing more than hire a good
carpet cleaner. If you do choose to replace it, do so with something
inexpensive in a fairly neutral color.

Repair or replace broken floor tiles, but do not spend a lot of money on
anything. Remember, you are not fixing up the place for yourself. You
want to move. Your goal is simply to have few negative impressions
upon those who may want to purchase your property.

copyright 2000 by Terry Light and RealEstate ABC, revised 2002


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