Ulster County Real Estate: Improve The Saleability Of Your Home

Posted by Dominique Musialkiewicz on Sunday, January 10th, 2010 at 1:41pm.

How do you take a 1970’s ranch style home and improve it without breaking the bank? I have several tips that I have used on my own home and will be sharing those with you over the up and coming months. Even if you’re not interested in selling your home right now, I still hope that you enjoy reading about some of the creative low cost updates that I have done myself.

To give you a bit of background, I purchased my home in 2006 after it had been on the market for over a year. The house basically sat because it was so outdated on both the interior and exterior that most people wouldn’t even make it past the front door.

I was told by most of my friends and co-workers to pass on it all together. I loved the location, that was not a problem. It was on a quiet street with nice homes surrounding and it sits beautifully back up off the road with a sweeping front lawn. Those are the things you can’t change.

The exterior & interior cosmetics, you can change. I know we all know this, however, when searching for a home, how often do we forget this. Not everything is going to be perfect if you want location.

So, I proceeded with purchasing the home and began changing the interior & exterior. Here we go....

Tip #1 - Don’t be shy – paint the brick.
One of the first things I thought of when I first set eyes on my ranch home was painting the exterior 70’s looking beige brick with traditional white with black shutters to give it a timeless cottage feel. Well, I dove in & boy was I right on that one.

The difference was shocking. Check out the before & after pictures.

Ulster County Ranch Home                                                                                                 (Before)





Everyone said I was crazy. You don’t paint brick! It is so low maintenance, after 2 years, the paint still looks as good as new and I don’t anticipate painting it again for years to come. I will say, I do have aluminum siding on the remaining 3/4’s of the house, but who cares. It looks great!Ulster County Ranch






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Be sure to check back, I'll be adding more tips to help improve your home, without breaking the bank.




Thanks for reading - and remember, if you're thinking of selling your home in the Kingston, Hurley, Marbletown, New Paltz, Stone Ridge, Saugerties and Woodstock area, or anywhere in Ulster County, give me a call.

5 Responses to "Ulster County Real Estate: Improve The Saleability Of Your Home"

kanishk wrote: I love your place I enjoy reading about some of the creative low cost updates that I have done myself.

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 6:53pm.

Ashlee in Fort Worth wrote: Painted brick if done the right way can change the way a house looks 100 times over. It takes the house looking blah to wow! It can be done fairly inexpensive and make a world of difference. Your house looks great after the new paint! Cant wait to hear about more updates!

Posted on Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 9:52pm.

Barbara Ryan wrote: the house has been totally transformed by Meg and it was done without breaking the bank when looking at a house you need to look past the current seller and put your creative energy into it!

Posted on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 5:57pm.

Harrison Rental Properties wrote: I like what you have written, creative ideas regarding home sale,your style is easy to read and follow. Have bookmarked your blog for future reference, Hoping to read more in the future.

Posted on Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 2:47pm.

Ulster County Real Estate: Tips To Add Value To Your Home wrote: [...]from my previous blog: Ulster County Real Estate: Improve The Saleability Of Your Home, this is tip # 2: Let the light in – don’t forget about the front door!Here we go with[...]

Posted on Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 at 10:57am.

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