Cost-Effective (if Unorthodox) Home Prep

It’s such standard real estate advice that it’s practically a cliché:  one of the best returns on investment for would-be Sellers about to put their home on the market is new paint and/or carpeting.

Usually, though, that advice contemplates that the paint will go on the wall.

In a Living Room or Bedroom.

floor3But, painting a basement floor can make just as big an impact, for a lot less money (it takes less time and skill).

That’s particularly the case if the chosen color ties in with the home’s trim and accent colors (note the radiator and red door in the picture at left).

Not to mention the very red Kitchen tile floor (not pictured).

See also, “Nice Basement!“; “Bigger Basement . . . Cheap“; “Voila!  No More Scary Basement!”

P.S.:  other no-brainers include new Kitchen cabinet hardware; new light fixtures; and removing any overgrown or dead landscaping in front.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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