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Don't need you telling me how

And here's the poll that might be some use - although we may just ignore everything about it, of course.

The background is that we're trying to sell in July or August and we haven't exactly been improving the house with an eye to the price. The shower has been completely replaced, but that's the only room I'm confident needs nothing done to it. Jon's room has a very dead carpet and hasn't been recorated at all. My room has a sanded floor, and has been painted cream with purple wood and a cerise ceiling. Sandy's room has an OK carpet and is painted yellow with dark blue wood, Paul's room, which is the living room, has cream walls and dark red wood and ceiling and also has a partially sanded floor with a very ropey old carpet filling the large unsanded middle bit. And the kitchen needs various bits and bobs done, like sealant round the top of the units and replacement handles and such.

Update: I shoould have also said we're all going to be moved out by the time viewings start, so the place will be empty and as clean as we can get it...

Poll #134809 Play House Doctor for Mir

What jobs should we definitely do on Mir before putting it on the market?

Rip out Jon's dead carpet
0(0.0%)
Sand the floor in Jon's room
0(0.0%)
Carpet Jon's room
0(0.0%)
Paint Jon's room white
0(0.0%)
Paint Jon's room in some other colour (please suggest)
0(0.0%)
Sand the middle of the living room floor
0(0.0%)
Paint Paul's red ceiling white
0(0.0%)
Paint Alison's purple ceiling white
0(0.0%)
Paint the dark woodwork white (or cream)
0(0.0%)
Paint everything white
0(0.0%)
Do all the little jobs in the kitchen
0(0.0%)
Get a window cleaner
0(0.0%)

Any other suggestions of what we should do?

What jobs should we do on Mir if we don't get the price we want straight away?

Rip out Jon's dead carpet
0(0.0%)
Sand the floor in Jon's room
0(0.0%)
Carpet Jon's room
0(0.0%)
Paint Jon's room white
0(0.0%)
Paint Jon's room in some other colour (please suggest)
0(0.0%)
Sand the middle of the living room floor
1(5.0%)
Paint Paul's red ceiling white
0(0.0%)
Paint Alison's purple ceiling white
0(0.0%)
Paint the dark woodwork white (or cream)
0(0.0%)
Paint everything white
6(30.0%)
Do all the little jobs in the kitchen
0(0.0%)
Get a window cleaner
0(0.0%)
Get a whole new kitchen
1(5.0%)

Any other suggestions...

Comments

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fire_sermon
14th May, 2003 06:52 (UTC)
From my own experience as a flat owner, the thing that bugged me most when I moved in was that the bedroom was a horrible shade of red. I think most people can live with everything else (I still co-exist with a truly hideous hall carpet, and a bathroom carpet with some bald patches and very odd stains that won't come out) but what colour the walls are is a very subjective thing. White or magnolia never really offends anyone, and if its not to a buyers own taste, makes them think they can change it easily, rather than having to spend ages covering up dark or strong colours.
hfnuala
14th May, 2003 07:34 (UTC)
Some people will hate the colour of the walls, but it won't be as ick inducing as a dead carpet or half sanded floors will be.
random_redhead
14th May, 2003 10:33 (UTC)
Ditch all the thread bare carpets and sand the floors. Then finish all the unfinished jobs. Its that kind of multiple fiddly things that puts buyers off. A well finished controvetial colour is better than a badly done rush job to cover it up. How long will everyone have been moved out for? Coz empty homes begin to smell foosty really quickly plus they get an unfriendly echoy feel. Try keeping some stuff there for the set dressing effect. I think there is a second hand copy of house doctor in the shelter on Dalry road if you want to pick up any of her suggestions!
gingiber
15th May, 2003 01:37 (UTC)
The rooms are a good size and I don't think you should have too much trouble selling it. I agreee with random_redhead try to just finish off the uncompleted jobs and clean up jon's room and you should do fine.

Most people aren't that fussed about the colours of the walls as they will want to change it to thier own tastes when they move in anyway.
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