Home Improvement — For The Laundry Room?!

Home Improvement — For The Laundry Room?!


Just before my neighbor placed her house on the market last Spring, she had a contractor come in to make several updates. Among the items replaced were her worn down kitchen counter, an Home Closingaged light fixture, and a section of torn carpeting. Lastly, she had her construction guy update her laundry room.

The laundry room part surprised me as I never would have considered this part of the house to be all that important for the potential buyer. I was soon proven wrong when the house sold within a week, my neighbor boasting that the updated laundry was the clincher.

Making Improvements To Sell Your Home

Well, it turns out that a laundry area is important for some people particularly for the new owner who has four children and uses that room a lot. My former neighbor, Betty, didn’t have to gut the laundry to make it presentable, but she make several updates which helped her cause:

Cabinet Refacing or Painting — Betty’s home was built in the early 1970s, but the laundry room was updated once before her contractor got to it. Still, the twenty year old cabinets needed sprucing up, leaving my neighbor with a choice: paint or reface? She chose to paint.

New Tile Flooring — Broken tile thanks to damage from the washer and dryer meant that new flooring had to be put down. With wood floors underneath, Betty could have had everything stripped down but she chose to add fresh laminate to protect the wood and add some extra sparkle.

Wall Improvement — Other than having a side shelf installed to hold those items which wouldn’t fit into the cabinets, Betty chose to have the walls repainted. She chose eggshell white which goes well with her floors and shelving.

Lighting — I like recessed lighting, but my neighbor chose to keep the existing fluorescent lighting in place, simply to limit all of our repairs to under $5000. My new neighbors have since installed the recessed lights which are bright without causing strain on the eyes.

Odds ‘n Ends — There are no windows in this laundry room, so shades, blinds or curtains aren’t needed. Betty’s old stereo system still pumps music into the room, providing a momentary escape while doing household chores. If a laundry is big enough, a chair to relax might nice provided that the ventilation in the room is adequate enough to remove bleach fumes and a soapy smell.

Should You Make Changes Or Not?

Prior to her speaking with a realtor about listing her home, my neighbor hadn’t planned to make too many updates to the home. However, with a few glaring deficiencies present and a tight housing market to contend with, Betty went ahead with the work and was able to sell her home quickly and at full price. Not every home improvement project needs to be handled in advance of placing a home on the market, but in this case one did and succeeded.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".