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If anyone can offer advice on this question i would be very greatful.
I have 3 bed house which needs some work but is not totally run down. Mainly a good clean and probably parts of the kitchen fitted. Also certain outside parts could do with a good lick of paint. If i spent 5k on the work and then put it up for sale would i recoup any of the money or make a bit more?? Some here at work say spend whilst others say "people always do their own things with the house"
Cheers James
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On 27 Oct 2003 07:49:54 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@btopenworld.com (James) wrote:

They do say 'kerb appeal' is very important..if a place looks externally uncared for, then that puts people off. A lot of buyers want to move in and not have to do major work like new kitchens etc, and a fresh lick of paint will be tolerated until they redecorate...however a manky kitchen and peeling wallpaper will definitely put people off, or make them put in a lower offer. Depends whether you want to sell at a lower price as a refurb project, or at a higher price as fully sorted..plus it depends what area you are in - are prices going up - and what demand is like in your area
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I personally love it when I get to view a tatty house - it means I can put in a real low offer. I once got a house that was on the market for over a year for 20k less, and it only cost me 3k to put it right - great!
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James wrote:

They do, but they like to think they won't have to.
Best is to clean it out. tidy up any rough surfaces and paint with a light colored paint - 'magnolia' is favorite, or trade white.
Then fit the cheapest of kitchen units, and sell it.
The trick is to spend as little as possible on making it look like a 'clean, well maintained house'

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Thanks for this folks. A good range of views. The The Natural Philosophers post sums it up for me. Do you what you need to and leave it like that. I will start the hard work soon. Cheers James

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