Announcing SMALL investment BIG return improvements!



It is true that two rooms really help sell a home, your bathrooms and your kitchen. . .but there are small things that every home owner should know about that will help sell your home. . . if you can’t afford to a fancy renovation to your home.

1. A clean home and yard are worth every moment you spend on them, buyers appreciate it.

2. Buy new toilet seats that fit correctly (you’d be amazed how many older homes I walk into and the ORIGINAL toilet seats are there!) and that the lid is down for all showings and trash cans empty. . .and no novelty seats, I have actually shown a home that had clear acrylic toilet seats with barbed wire embedded in them, from then on, my customers called it “the weird toilet seat house”. . .don’t be that house!

3. Remove all personal photos and clean off your fridge, maybe a magnetic note pad or your real estate agent’s magnet but that’s it.

4. No more than two or three appliances out on your counter-tops, everything else put away.

5. It is worth the money in an older home to either hire or do it yourself-replaces every wall socket and switch with bright white ones with matching plates. . .buyers see that as a well maintained electrical system.

6. Have your air vents immaculate and a fresh filter in place.

7. Working light bulbs in every fixture!!!

8. Your home done in as neutral colors as possible.

9. If you are thinking about getting rid of something, do it now.  That bookshelf in the guest room that’s falling apart and won’t make the move with you, get rid of it now, it will make that room seem even larger. . .same goes for other rooms in the house, the more furniture and nick knacks you eliminate the larger and more airy the rooms will seem.

10. Don’t be there for the showings.

Pretty simple and worth every penny. . .in reality I think you can do everything on this list for under $200!!!  Even if you aren’t moving soon, these very small changes can make your home more enjoyable to live in.

About McKenzie Johnson

I am a Real Estate Broker with over 13 years experience in the industry. A fan of anything the color orange, long walks on the beach eating dried cuttlefish, four legged friends, new adventures in cooking or travel. A REALTOR and real estate consultant living and working in North Carolina with information to share. I would love to demystify the process for you. . .I think real estate is a tremendous investment for just about everyone. . .not just for the financial aspect, but also the idea of owning a piece of the American Dream, a chunk of earth, literally, with your name on it. I love what I do and who I get to meet through my job, the most rewarding part is handing a family their very first set of house keys! I hope you will find helpful information here, and it is just that, information, please don't take it as gospel, just my take on real estate and the world around me. For additional information and how to contact me, visit my website I serve the Onslow County area which includes the military bases: Camp Lejeune, New River MCAS, Camp Johnson, Camp Gieger and more.

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