Home improvements can increase value!
There are two reasons for pursuing home improvement projects:
You’re here because you’re seeking out important information regarding the selling process and how our unique services can help create a smooth transaction process, sell your property quickly and for the highest possible price. There are some tips that we’d like to share with you that we’ve learned that can help you in this process.
Just Want To Do It: You want some new features in a home to improve your family’s quality of life, but you don’t want to leave your current home.
Really Need To Do It: You want to make your home more marketable to maximize return (or minimize loss) and speed up the sale process.
In the right market conditions, a project might fit into both categories. Other times, though, the two approaches will conflict.
Just Want To Do It
Or say you’re a barbecue fanatic and the only feature missing from the dream home you’ve just purchased is a sprawling backyard patio with a natural-gas grill custom-built with flagstone and river rock. Again, return on investment just isn’t going to be a critical question. The improvement becomes more comparable to purchasing a depreciating asset that you feel is a necessity for your lifestyle, such as an automobile. When the barbecue aficionado adds a deluxe patio to a home that’s already the most expensive property in the neighborhood – perhaps destroying the entire backyard in the process – there’s a good chance that very little of the cost will be recouped in a subsequent sale.
An even better example might be a pool. If you’re a person who simply has to have one- fine. Put in a pool. But it’s probably worth checking with a real estate professional first, just to make sure you fully understand that adding the pool might actually lessen the property’s value and make it more difficult to sell should you later decide to move. That’s the reality in many markets. That doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t do it, especially if you’re planning to live in the home for the rest of your life. It just means it’s worth knowing the cost and salability impacts at the front end – even if they’re not going to deter you from pursuing the project.
Really Need To Do It
Here we’re typically talking about projects such as: painting – either because the existing paint is in bad shape or is an unusual color; replacing carpets – again because of age, color or style; repairing or resurfacing a cracked driveway or sidewalk; refacing kitchen cabinets; and trimming or removing overgrown or unattractive landscaping.
While spending several thousand dollars on your home right before you sell it might not sound very appealing, it’s not uncommon for the right work to more than pay for itself in a higher selling price and shorter marketing time.
Consult with an experienced real estate agent to learn what improvements will make your home more marketable in comparison to similar properties that are now – or recently have been – on the market in your area.