It was an intention you could never deny — a home was always to be sold, was meant to be temporary. You knew it wasn’t the right choice for you (only a convenient one). The structure wasn’t large enough; the design wasn’t ideal. You selected it only for the price and now you’ve managed to save enough to find something better. You simply must first place this house on the market, let others purchase it. Certain… changes will have to be made, however.
Upgrades must be offered to the kitchen; new tiles must be given to the floors. Walls must be torn down to accommodate an open floor plan; and a deck must be constructed in the backyard, offering entertainment space. The costs will be staggering but the rewards will be worth it. So you complete them with a smile, knowing you’ve made the right decision — until your realtor informs you that it was all unnecessary. You’ve managed somehow to exceed the standards of the neighborhood and your money will never be returned.
Too often do sellers — in their eagerness to appeal to buyers — try to improve their homes. They make endless changes and additions, wanting to impress all house hunters… and suddenly surpass their neighbors. Structures become too perfect, forcing prices to be raised to support them. And potential consumers view this with much trepidation, aware that they could find more affordable options just down the street.
It’s imperative therefore that you don’t challenge what surrounding homes have accomplished. Make changes that are necessary — fixing problems that exist, rather than ones you’ve created in your mind. Patch cracks; repaint; replace sagging shingles. Do not, however, pour endless dollars into a building and expect to be compensated later. You must remain true to the neighborhood: keep pace with the Joneses but never try to outdo them.
This distinction is vital and must be remembered. Sell a home that suits the area. Don’t try to impress buyers with expensive upgrades. These will provide no value and will instead generate much confusion. Be simple to be certain.