How Far Will You Go to Sell Your Orange County House?
Let’s face it. We have some old (dating back to the 50’s,60’s and 70’s) neighborhoods here in Orange County. Old neighborhoods, full of old houses with original (meaning the things that the builders put in the house in the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s), out-dated, and out of fashion finishings. Couple that with climbing home values in a fast-moving market and you might have a dilemma. You’re looking to sell your Orange County house so you can move on. You choose to jump in! You have to make the choice to either sell your house in its original condition or make some strategic improvements. How far do you go to sell your Orange County house by making it look appealing to today’s entitled, opinionated, and demanding buyers to get the big bucks? Where do you start? Here’s a breakdown by category.
Your original kitchen – You have the opportunity to evaluate the appliances, sink, faucets, cabinets, counters, and flooring of your kitchen when you are ready to sell your old house. Thankfully, new home builders are very active in Orange County today. You can easily take a tour of the model homes and check out the hip new trends they’ve used to give you some ideas for your potential upgrades. But where do you start? If you replace the appliances, sink, and faucets, how will they look with the old counters? If you do the appliances, sink, faucets and counters, how will these look with the original cabinets? If you change the appliances, sink, faucets, counters, and cabinets, how will these look with the original flooring? Appliances, counters and cabinets, oh my! Where do you start? Where do you stop? If you stop short of the full Monty, will you get the full financial return on your money and decisions?
Your original bathrooms – You have the opportunity to evaluate your original bathroom counters, sinks, cabinets, faucets, shower enclosures, tubs and flooring when you choose to jump into the market. Sounds like a re-run of the kitchen decisions because it is a re-run. You get to do that whole dance again for your bathrooms. If you change the counters, do you change the cabinets? If you change the shower enclosure, do you change the tile? Do you install a new tub? One thing is for sure. If you have carpet in your original bathroom, it has to be replaced with anything more currently tasteful that is also water-resistant. You cannot believe the reaction buyers have to carpet in the bathrooms. When I find the emogie for that, I’ll post it immediately. It will be something with rolling eyeballs and a grimace.
Your original interior paint and flooring – You have the opportunity to evaluate your original paint and flooring. After a trip to the model homes, take a look at what your walls and floors have to offer to your potential buyers, who are looking at your old house in comparison with the model homes. Will the colors appeal to the mass market? Will your flooring appeal to today’s entitled, opinionated, and demanding buyers? If you have any wall paper or faux painting, the answer is no. If you have any linoleum, the answer is no. So how far will you go to sell your Orange County house?
You may have your work cut out for you.
I’m Leslie Eskildsen, just keeping it real in Orange County real estate.
Call me. Text me. 949-678-3373