I'm back...but now selling Grandpa's house
I poked around here a few years back when I was selling my home. It's two years later and I'm in the home we built - we love it.
My 93 year-old grandfather passed away a few weeks back, and my dad and I are starting to talk about what we should and should not do to his home before selling it. My father is very particular and can't let "good enough" be. For instance, when I sold my house, he made absolutely sure every nail pop was fixed. He did this while he and my mom were babysittng the kids. The guy is awesome, but his engineer side cannot be supressed. EVERYTHING MUST BE PERFECT.
My grandfather's house is definitely no perfect. He built it in 1951 - a small 3 bedroom, 1 bath ranch with detached 2 car garage. Paneling. Galley kitchen. Questionable electrical. TERRIBLE carpet (hey! Perfect hardwood underneath). Windows? Ok. Roof? New. Cupboards? Green. Kitchen flooring - carpet over linoleum. Heat is oil.
Lots of problems. My father already is talking about ripping out ALL of the paneling and drywalling. I've convinced him to NOT refinish the hardwood - it looks great just as it is.
So, where to start? A friend is a realtor and I could get her to walk though, but I'd then feel a bit weird about it if we went with another realtor.
The market is soft around here (no shocking), but this would be one of the least - if the THE least - expensive homes in this school district, one of the top districts in the state and well-ranked in the nation. Taxes are pretty low, and the location is beatiful - right across the street from a very large park.
So, I guess I'd like to ask you all where a good resource is - besides a realtor - as what to do and what not to do. Here's my short list:
1. Repair any plaster problems.
2. Paint the paneling...something light.
3. Paint everything else.
4. Strip and paint the cabinets.
5. Pull out the carpet.
Ok, that's it. Anybody?