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Want to downsize, see "to do" list. What to tackle first?

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We plan on downsizing, Kids are grown. Walking up steps in a 2 story home is becoming harder for my spouse. No longer need 5 bedrooms. Want a ranch home.

When it comes to deciding what has to be done to sell our home as quickly as possible, we are having trouble stepping back and seeing our home through a buyer's eyes.

We need to prioritize.Here's what we think we need to tackle and in what order ( details about each room or issue are below this list)

What should we do first? What can be left alone?

1. Master bathroom

2. Utility room

3. Window replacement - 1 room

4. Popcorn ceilings

5. New carpeting ( small area)

The details:

1. Master bathroom :new vanity and sink, flooring, towel racks, repainting. The vanity is beyond salvageable. Same with the floor. The shower works fine and we could get the grout cleaned and sealed. There is only one sink in the master bathroom. If we're replacing the vanity, should we add a second sink? The single sink never bothered us. But supposedly double sinks matter to today's buyers.

2. Utility room - replace sink and counter, repaint cabinets, add new hardware, replace flooring.. The utility room ( washer/ dryer) cabinets and counters are 27 years old and it shows.

3. Bonus room - window replacement We have a large bonus room and none of the windows in there open.Or can we simply add a discount during sales negotiations? Would the windows detract too much from buyer appeal?

4. popcorn ceilings in family room, bonus room, master bedroom. We hear popcorn ceilings are out, are undesirable, detract from buyer appeal..

5. Replace Carpeting ( high quality) has lasted well but is extremely old. We have very little carpeting. What we have is on the stairs, a hallway, and a small bedroom..

We want to spend as little as possible to get the house in shape but also have it appeal to buyers and sell for a fair price.

We know decluttering is a huge " must" and so we've been getting rid of everything possible, paring down possessions, making each room look spacious and inviting.

When we bought our home, the former owners did very little and we fell in love with the home in spite of the cluttered living room ( which actually looked a bit homey to us), less than perfect wood flooring ( scratched by dog claws, some large-ish water stains from plants being watered and water splashing, etc) and dated flooring, wallpaper, etc

We loved the home's layout, the neighborhood, yard, etc.

Maybe most buyers want a more perfect looking home?
Date: Jun 20, 2017   


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