Stage this house!
November 10, 2010 4:04 PM Subscribe
We've decided to move. We currently live in Omaha, NE and are considering moving to Cedar Rapids, IA, where I grew up, because greatschools.org indicates that the schools there kick ass compared to Omaha and vicinity. (Our kids are 3 and 1, so we've got time, but you know... no time like the present.) We're still a little conflicted about whether to go to CR or not, but I'll save that question for next week.
This week's question IS: what should we do to our house to get it ready to sell?
posted by wwartorff to Home & Garden (14 answers total)
Here's the state of things: the house was built in '67. We bought it in 2004. The previous owners had redone the kitchen, which shows really well with granite counter tops, a big open space, etc. Since we moved in we have:
1. had the house freshly painted on the exterior
2. had all of the windows replaced in 2007
3. We tore out boring yew bushes in the front and had a brick path put in with more interesting landscaping, and planted a small maple tree (there are other mature trees)
4. We did a facelift to the upstairs bathroom, which looks good and is adequate
5. We painted some ugly paneling in the mostly unfinished basement white and put down a carpet remnant in that space. There is still one cinder block wall, and there is no ceiling.
6. Down there we also swapped a large window and small door around, so now the large window is a double French door to the outside and the old door is now a window.
7. We refinished and restained the deck.
8. We have repainted almost every room in the house, with the exception of the guest bedroom, the living room and the foyer.
9. As we've painted each room, we have removed the popcorn ceilings in that room and painted it white.
So, we plan to paint the living room, the foyer and the guest bedroom. I vote to NOT remove the popcorn ceilings in these rooms. It's not that big of a deal, but it would still take about 20-25 hours worth of work all told, and I don't think it's worth it. What do you think?
Plus, the main bathroom on the main floor is all original and therefore quite ugly. And the only "half bath" in the house is on the main floor by the laundry. However, the previous owners' remodel made it such that this toilet no longer has a door for privacy (although you are tucked in a corner where no one can really see you). so the main bathroom is where the guests go.
There is no master suite in this house. The two largest bedrooms are on the main floor, so the main bathroom is used by us almost exclusively.
So, how much do we do? Do we gut the bathroom? Do we HAVE to figure out how to put a door on that toilet? Do we put a drop ceiling in the basement? (We can count it as finished square footage as long as there is a ceiling.) Our house already has over 2000 FSF on the main and upper floors. The furnace and A/C are kind of old. Do we have to replace them before we put it on the market? The driveway is horribly cracked and there is evidence of "street creep" in the garage. The only other drawback to our house is that it does not have 3 garage stalls (only 2).
So, newer high-end(ish) kitchen, located on a cul-de-sac, in a really nice and convenient neighborhood. The roof is still in good shape.
But, no master suite, weird half bath, original main bath and a couple of popcorn ceilings.
What should be done, mefites?