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Will Upgrading Your Cowlitz County Home Will Help To Sell It Faster?

Will Upgrading Your Cowlitz County Home Will Help To Sell It Faster?

Researches have showed that making targeted improvements according to the age of your home will help to sale faster and for more money. A good starting point is to have a pre-sale home inspection that will show the defects of your home and have a contractor or handy man fix them, document the work and have it ready for potential buyers. The cost of inspection varies depending on the inspector and size of home, here in Cowlitz County a full home inspection will cost from $270 to $350.

Homes built before the 1960 usually have many great appeals but have only 60 or 90-amp electrical service which is not adequate to work with most modern appliances. It is a good idea to upgrade to a minimum of 100 amp and make sure the wiring meets code. Many of these homes often are hiding hardwood floors (most likely in a great conditions) under that old wore down carpet.

If your home was build during the 1960 more than likely will have those old dated Single-pane windows that should be upgraded, just by doing that you should see about 25% savings on your heating/cooling bills. Other easy and inexpensive thing to do is to replace dated cabinet hardware with stainless or nickel knobs, pulls and hinges and if cabinets are still in good condition; clean, sand, stain or paint them.

Homes built during the 1970's era are well known for those pink or green bathtubs, showers, kitchen appliances and those lose wild colors that with out a doubt give these homes a feeling of old age. Modern color appliances and fresh coat of paint will do wonders for these homes.

Popular trends during the 1980's were wall paper and laminate counter tops which are consider old fashion today. To give your home some charm, replace wall paper, switch plates, and repaint flaking paint. Hard surfaces counter tops is what you will find in today's new homes if you are going to replace them, visit new construction open houses to see what the new trend is.

One would expect that homes built during the 1990's would require fewer upgrades than homes from the 1980's or older. But the truth is that most of these homes often require more upgrades than older homes for the following reason; 10 to 15 years is the life expectancy of home appliances like stove/oven, washer/dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher and big-ticket items like furnace, air-condition, water heater and is likely that one or more of these items will have to be replace.

Always clean or replace carpet if necessary, nothing welcomes you more to a home than a clean carpet. And whatever the age of the home a home warranty always a great idea it will give a peace of mind and can be inexpensive way to make your home more appealing to home buyers. Visit the following links more sellers tips and sellers real estate information.

Contact Cowlitz County real estate agent, Venancio Gonzalez a GRI, E-PRO Realtor®, with Windermere Real Estate Allen & Associates, 360 751 4001 for more upgrading tips, list your home or to purchase a home in Longview, Kelso, Woodland, Kalama, Castle Rock, Toutle, Silver Lake and Cathlamet.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsVenancio Gonzalez • July 29 2008 02:55PM


Venancio, That was a excellent post. Your knowlege of homes is quite evident in your writing. I really enjoy reading your blog posts and have for some time. In this market is there room for updating a home prior to sale? I am involved with selling a home now and with a few offers came the contingency of they prospective owner wanted a few upgrades done prior to closing. With the upgrades being done and the cash offer involved it made it not feasable to accept the offer. I guess it all comes down to dollars and cents.

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I look forward to your future blog posts and wish you the best.

Posted by Jim Hay almost 11 years ago

Jim, thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you enjoy my writing.

Posted by Venancio Gonzalez, Longview WA Real Estate Broker - 360-751-4001 (Windermere Kelso/Longview) almost 11 years ago