Primed Property Q&A: Before listing, sweat the small stuff like scuffed baseboards and trim

Scuffed baseboards might not look a big deal generally speaking, but prospective buyers will wonder what else hasn't been cared for.

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Q We have large baseboards that line every wall in our house, and because we’ve been in our space for several years, they’re slightly scratched and scuffed. Is it necessary for us to paint or replace them before selling?
A “With any well-loved home, its walls and floors will get scuffed over time. It’s totally common,” says Ryan Roberts, a real estate agent and broker with Bosley Real Estate.

That doesn’t mean sellers should avoid repairing marked baseboards before listing their property though.

“Buyers want to feel like they can move into a space immediately and not do a thing,” he says, “so the goal is to help them imagine themselves in your home.”

A good rule of thumb to follow is that the cleaner a house is, the better it will show.

“Ignoring the marks will cause the buyer to assume you haven’t taken pride in ownership and their mind may begin to wonder what else you’ve ignored when it comes to maintaining your space.”

His recommendation is to give all trim a solid wipe with soap and water. If a bit of elbow grease fails to remove scuffs, the next step would be to paint them in a neutral hue. Roberts’ advice stops short of recommending people replace old baseboards with new ones, however.

“That’s not an investment you’ll see any return on… the time, mess and cost will work against you,” he says. “The only time you should replace them is if they’re in terrible shape.”

On that note: If trim needs to be replaced, it may be a sign to you that the entire home needs some TLC, Roberts says. If that’s the case, there’s no point in doing any work as someone may buy a space with the hopes of gutting it completely, so analyze your situation first.

“The most important thing here is to ensure the baseboards don’t detract from the overall house,” he says. “Don’t create a mental hurdle for buyers to overcome. A few bucks invested on paint and a Saturday afternoon of work is all you need to make everything look tip-top.”

In the end “it’s a simple issue to remedy that will, at the very least, get more interest.”

 

Source: National Post, 11/01/2015

http://news.nationalpost.com/homes/primed-property-qa-before-listing-sweat-the-small-stuff-like-scuffed-baseboards-and-trim

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