Choosing The Appropriate Bang In Order To Recoup Your Buck-Guest Post by Realtor Extraordinaire Erik Hiss

This is a guest post by Columbus realtor Erik Hiss. Knowing that Erik is an avid DIYer AND with his knowledge of the real estate industry I thought this would be a great topic for him to educate us on where to put our DIY $$$$ if one was concerned with resale. I have had the pleasure to know Erik for years and value his vast knowledge of the real estate market and the industry. He has sold an investment property for me that THREE previous agents were unable to even get an offer on!! He is a licensed real estate agent, Ohio Member of the National Association of Realtors, member of the Ohio Association of Realtors, member of The Columbus Board of Realtors and member of The One Million Dollar Sales Award Club (and oh yeah, he’s a pretty nice guy as well!). On a last personal note, Erik is a true professional and ongoing student of the real estate profession.

A Doable DIY Project And How To Make It Increase Your Home Value

Erik Hiss of Keller-Williams

There are a lot of things that will help you sell your house…kitchens, baths, finishing a basement …but what can MOST of us REALISTICALLY do? Well, if you are at all a DIYer like me, then here is a job you can tackle yourself that will help improve the look of any room. This DIY project is adding a new floor. Putting in a floor is relatively easy depending on which type of floor you choose, how big of a space you have and what materials you choose to install. Well, I can tell you that any given DIYer is a DIYer for one of three reasons… 1)to save money, 2)to save money and because you enjoy it, or 3)to save money and because you don’t trust nor want to pay a contractor to do it. Am I right? Well, then welcome all you DIYers like myself .

First things first…ask your mate, close friend or your decorator of what floor to put down. Most likely you’re looking at a vinyl, laminate, old tile, rotten wooden or a carpeted floor that you’d like to get rid of. Well, there are tons of choices you can pick from but go with what you THINK would look good and improve your appeal to buyers. OR just give me a quick ring or email and I’ll come over and help you pick. Now the million dollar homes out there aren’t going to be putting in vinyl and the $50k affordable ranches aren’t going to be putting in Italian marble so try and figure out who your buyers will be and think about what they would want. Again, if you have questions…ask me(Erik Hiss @ 614-282-7912 or ehiss@kw.com)or call a Realtor in your area, they SHOULD be more than willing to help you as that’s their job 😉

So, now you’ve picked your material and you’re ready to go…what’s next?! Well, you are most likely going to have to remove the old floor. Carpet is easiest (obviously), laminate and vinyl are pretty darn simple and then tile and wood can be a bear, but definitely doable. What you are looking to do is get a nice clean surface (plywood for instance) for you to put down the new floor. If you are laying tile, then you’ll most likely need to put down some underlayment over the plywood subfloor which you can see how to do by looking online (easy to do, but not covered here). Get to a clear floor and then follow your directions found somewhere online as to what material you have and which method you find suites you best. There are some great websites out there for flooring as well how-to videos, I’m sure you’ll be able to find them. If not shoot me an email and I’ll send you my list as I’ve found many over the years. Or call and ask Travis!

So you’re still debating whether you should replace your flooring or not. Why should you? New flooring can really spruce up your house and if you pick the right one can actually help you sell the house. Now the caveat is, if you buy $10k worth of walnut and install it in your living room, don’t think you can raise the price of your house $10k…because you can’t. It doesn’t work like that. What you’ll be doing is improving the look of your home and making it more appealing to buyers. And yes it will help you make a bit more than if you didn’t replace it, but it’s not $1 to $1. Although I’ve seen cases where that does happen, you usually can’t count on it. It will just help you sell quicker and appeal to more buyers. That’s the goal here…positioning your home to make it more appealing to a wider range of buyers.

About Travis "That Home Inspector Guy" Moyer

I am a certified home inspector, rehabber, landlord, carpenter, handyman and generally inquisitive person who wants to know how everything works. I love to educate other DIY homeowners and potential homeowners about projects that they may be interested in.

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