Friday, February 24, 2012

Enjoy it NOW. Sell it LATER.

My neighbor,Virginia, treated me to lunch for my birthday. Over Cobb salads, at the California Pizza Kitchen, selling her house came up in conversation.
Chatting about selling our houses is a fairly regular topic. Our neighborhood is lovely but older and 'established'. We each own houses built in the '80's. Every time one of us is confronted with a major repair, we threaten mutiny from our beloved 'hood.

Of course, the advantages of staying in our older houses are lower mortgage payments, 'convenience to everything', sprawling lots and two neighborhood lakes to enjoy.  

However, the maintenance problems of aging houses are chronic, constant, inconvenient and expensive. Finding the extra money for our bucklist of desired updates can be challenging.

Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

House Beautiful
So here's the rub: maintenance issues have to be addressed sooner or later. It's less of a headache and easier on the wallet if you can knock them out a bit at a time.

Don't procrastinate on repairs and updates. Waiting to complete a Home Inspector's punch list is a bitter pill to swallow. I've seen sellers cry when the work on their house is finally completed and they have to leave it for the new owners.


Changing out plumbing and light fixtures, installing new cabinets, countertops, hardware, crown molding, etc. will help sell your house when the time comes. New appliances are a big bonus and will contribute to improving your quality of life now.

Last year we bit the bullet and installed new Pella windows. It was absolutely the best investment we've made on updates! They look great, the comfort in our rooms is vastly improved, the buffer from outside noise is amazing, and the energy savings is literally money in our pockets. (No, Pella didn't pay me.  Could have a new career as their spokesmodel?


I vote that you pursue maintenance and updates for your house. Enjoy them while you live in your home! Why put all the time, effort, and money into improving your house just to sell it for someone else to appreciate?  

Isn't it time to have your cake and eat it too!


If you need help deciding on which projects to tackle before you sell your house, please contact Linda Beam.                                                               I appreciate your comments!    


  1. Reading this makes me want to call a contractor and get our master bathroom updated! Wonder if it could be done in a way that it would look fresher without gutting the entire space...

  2. I'll need to look at your bathroom. Send pictures!

    Makes sense to go ahead and invest in a beautiful master bath. Ensuite baths are one of the most important rooms to buyers. You'll get a great return on your investment.

    Thanks Karen for your comment!!!