Your Epidermis is Showing

When I was in elementary school we had to take a health class. In that class we learned that your skin is the largest organ in the body and it was called the epidermis. The whole class spent the next week or two point at random people and yelling that their epidermis was showing.

Why bring this up? When it comes to the inside of your home the floors, walls and ceilings are like your epidermis. It’s the largest and most visible piece of your home. I know we all keep hearing that kitchens and bathroom sell homes. While these rooms shouldn’t be overlooked, as they are huge selling features, don’t forget the obvious.

If your floors, walls and ceiling are in poor condition or worse yet, scary condition, how far into your home is a potential buyer going to get? You might have the nicest kitchen and bathrooms in the neighborhood, but if the rest of the home is looking tired and shabby you’re going to chase buyers away.

Now for the good, or maybe great news! Sprucing up your walls, floors and ceilings can be done easily and relatively inexpensively; especially compared to doing a kitchen or bathroom. You, the homeowner, can do much of this work. It does take some time and elbow grease, but you’ll be amazed at the instant results.

Let talk floors. For hardwood and laminate floors there is a large selection of products to clean, polish, buff and reduce scratches. For heavy-duty wear and tear you might need a professional to come in. The results are amazing, and can greatly enhance your homes’ appeal. Buyers really love hardwood, so highlight this feature. Carpets if they are not threadbare can be steamed, re-stretched and if you have a pet: deodorized. If your home has hardwood under the carpets you might consider pulling it up to expose the floors. They might need a buffing or polish, and the job is labor intensive, but it provides instant reward. Tile floors, regardless if they’re marble, travertine, porcelain, etc. can look like new after being steam cleaned. If you do this, just make sure you include cleaning the grout; it’ll make all the difference.

Now for your walls and ceilings, good quality paint does wonders. Please don’t skimp by not using primer or using really cheap paint. Check out your local paint stores, ask the sales people, and look for sales on the good brands. I suggest using neutral colors in a flat finish. This doesn’t mean you have to paint your whole house in builder white or builder beige, just keep your choices middle of the road so they appeal to many people. If you’re doing it yourself, the preparation is the important, and if done well, will shorten the time it takes to do the rest of the job. If you have wallpaper, although it may be trendy right now, consider removing it (especially if it’s on the ceiling). In the countless homes I’ve shown, no one likes anyone else’s wallpaper. What’s best is to show the potential home buyers a blank canvas, so they can imagine making the space their own.

Refinishing floors, walls and ceilings are one of the most cost effective things you can do to your home to make it look its best for the market. These projects tend to be on the less expensive side and give you a better return on your investment then updating a kitchen or bathroom. Show off your home’s epidermis with pride.

Filed under: cleaning, flooring, maintenance, show, staging, walls
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