Luckily, by the time we had finished the house we were too broke to do anything drastic, and in a couple of months we'd both calmed down.Now another 15 years have passed and we're still here.
Nothing drives away would-be buyers faster than clutter, grime, and the weird smells that accompany a messy home.
Bruce Irving, a renovation consultant and real estate agent based in Cambridge, Mass., tells clients to imagine their boss is coming to dinner with his or her spouse.
So while you’re waiting for it to recover, you might want to reconsider putting off that kitchen redo or landscaping job.
“Any changes you make on your house now should increase your home value later,” says Kermit Baker, project director for the Remodeling Futures program at Harvard University.
My wife and I have different ideas about organization.
She makes random, teetering piles, while I store papers by category and year in three-ring binders on long shelves.
“Your home should be at least that nice on the day of any open house,” he says.
Vital to the process is de-cluttering and depersonalizing the space as much as possible.
Why it pays off: Paint provides dramatic results with little investment. Gerri Willis, the anchor of Open House on CNN and the author of Home Rich (Random House, , amazon.com), says that pale yellow homes tend to sell faster and for more money.