Homes in East Mesa are showing their age and buyers notice, especially with the influx of new homes in the area that are bright and beautiful. The good thing is that your home may have an advantage when it comes to location, view or both. Plus, you can, and should, upgrade your home to be competitive, and you will make your money back on many of the most impactful upgrades.
The most substantial visual aspect of the interior of your home are your walls, so the most significant impact you can have on the feel of your home is painting those walls. Many East Mesa homes have similar dull wall colors.
To get ideas for what wall colors might work for you, visit model homes. You can even ask the salesperson what colors have been popular. If you are looking to sell, painting the entire interior one color is a good idea. It is simple, less expensive and looks nice.
I am a big fan of This Old House, and they list refreshing old paint as the No. 1 “quick and easy budget upgrades.” I agree.
The other upgrade I suggest is new flooring when possible, especially carpet. This doesn’t mean you need to spend a bunch of money to replace your carpet with the latest expensive flooring product. There are great deals to be found on a beautiful carpet to replace the old stuff. You can save money by using remnants. These are leftover pieces. Imperial Wholesale east of the 202 on East Main Street is an East Mesa store with great remnant deals.
The other advantage to fresh paint and new carpet is that it gives the home a fresh new home smell. Imagine walking into a home, and the first thing your nose picks up on is fresh paint and carpet. That is the experience you are looking for when buying a home.
Other upgrades that will recoup your investment and help with resale are the kitchen and bathrooms. According to HGTV, you can get back over 100 percent on minor bathroom remodels. Both will also help you sell your home faster.
Painting the walls, installing new fixtures and having the cabinets refinished are examples of upgrades that will go a long way but not break the budget.
Even if you are not planning on selling the home anytime soon, making upgrades to it will allow you to enjoy your home more and make it stand out.
– Alejandro Rojas is a journalist and real estate agent in the East Valley. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit his website at newernest.com.