Do I Renovate Before Moving? Tips from a Realtor

When you are ready to sell your home, you want to make changes that will positively impact your sale price. Small home improvements can really pay off. Making your property more attractive for sale does not need be time-consuming or expensive. A skillful real estate agent will be able to help you manage the process. They are there to help allocate your renovation budget so that you get the best return on your investment. You will likely want to prioritize some prime areas of focus:

  1. Curb Appeal – You never get a second chance to make a first impression. What buyers see from the road should reflect positively on your home.
  2. Flooring – Depending on the condition and age of your floors, professional cleaning or refinishing may be enough. Your realtor will be able to give you the best advice specific to your home.
  3. Interior Walls – A fresh coat of paint in a neutral color is a great way to give your home a clean look. Be sure to freshen up baseboards and trim as well.
  4. Kitchen and Bathrooms – In many cases, these two areas have the largest impact on a buyer’s decision. Minimally, you will want to declutter and get a professional cleaning. Additional renovations may be as simple as changing out hardware on cabinets and drawers. Or, you may get more “bang for the buck” with more dramatic changes.

When getting your home ready to sell, you want to ensure you do not go over the value that will be added to your home. Once you have identified the home improvements, ask your agent for recommendations on where to get the best quotes for the work. You will move to your new home knowing that your former home will look good and make another family very happy!


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