Homeowner makes attractive upgrades before listing her house

Homeowner makes attractive upgrades before listing her house

When Angie’s List member Kate W. of Covington, Ga., decided she wanted to put her house on the market, she first chose to work her way through a to-do list of upgrades to make her home more attractive to potential buyers.

“I think everyone has a home improvement wish list of things they want done or tweaked, even when they buy a brand-new home,” she says. 

So it was with this idea of pleasing potential buyers that Kate upgraded her home. She had always wanted an easier way to get to her side porch from her living room, and even went through a window a time or two to keep from walking all the way around the house. To make things more convenient for a future buyer, she had a door installed where the window was for easier access.  

“I had ideas like that for convenience, and then I collected pictures from magazines over the years that I thought were neat: built-in cabinets, large farm sinks, etc. Some I used in my renovation; others are still just pictures.”

Her other renovation ideas that became a reality: new hardwood floors, custom cabinets, new kitchen appliances, upgraded light fixtures, new bathroom vanities and plumbing, a room-separating archway, along with little repairs such as paint touch-ups and drywall patching.

Kate couldn’t be happier with the results.

“The upgrades are what make my starter home a treat for realtors to show,” Kate says. “There are at least three other houses for sale on my street and they all have the same flooring, the same country kitchen, the same cabinets. Mine has the unexpected extras that make it memorable.” 

Kate’s home is currently on the market, and “has had more traffic than others in my area due to the upgrades,” she says.

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