05:15PM | 10/13/11
Member Since: 12/20/10
130 lifetime posts
We know that we're working toward finishing this house to sell within the next year or two and are starting our "to do" list to that end.

We completely gutted and redid the kitchen and 1.5 baths (1 full to go). We installed hardwood flooring upstairs and crown molding in almost all of the rooms. The closets have systems in them (elfa in the master walk-in). There's vinyl siding installed, landscaped front and side yard, a new brick path to the front door (which is also new).

What we have left are the areas that are pricy and have little return on the dollar. We'll be able to do 1-2 major projects a year. What would you suggest we start with for buyer appeal?

1. A/C needs to be upgraded

2. Roof has two layers and 5-7 years of life left

3. Driveway is buckled and cracked, as is patio that comes off of it

4. water heater is pathetic in the winter

5. We've thought about fencing in our backyard as it is a corner lot and offers no privacy. Fencing would remove the illusion that it's a large yard (no one attached to our yard has fencing so it all melds together)

6. Is it worth upgrading windows that are 10 years old?


01:14PM | 02/08/12
Member Since: 02/08/12
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I'd say the window improvements would be a worthy investment towards your home's resale. The more energy efficient they are, the better insulated the home will be. The fencing I would leave be because you're right, the yard perception would change. As for the roof, that amount of years left seems okay.

Just remember, take time to figure which improvement would be the costliest and factor in the costs for your new home. For example, we had to take into account the amount of stuff we had to move, how much our KC moving company would cost, the closing costs for the new home, any refinancing issues, etc.


11:42AM | 04/25/13
Member Since: 12/20/10
130 lifetime posts
We ended up replacing the AC and the roof was replaced for free thanks to hail and wind damage (we opted for an upgraded shingle though). Probably keeping the house for another 7 years now.
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