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Are Major Renovations a Good Idea Before Putting Your Home on the Market?

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Should you do any major renovations or remodeling before putting your home on the market?

The answer is no. In fact, minor cosmetic upgrades like a paint job or a single-room reflooring usually provide a higher return on the money you invest into them than major upgrades. Why? Because major upgrades usually end up costing more than you think they will. This obviously cuts into your return on investment. With minor upgrades, you can control costs more effectively and be more confident in the probability of a profitable return.

Let’s take painting a room, for example. Whether you hire somebody to do it or do it yourself, you know what this task entails. The cost of materials is also relatively small compared to a full kitchen remodel. With that type of project, you don’t know what it will really entail until you get into it.

A major renovation typically costs more than you think it will.

Research also shows that minor curb appeal adjustments like planting flowers and cutting the grass will give you a much better return because it drives buyers into your property.

Another downside to making major renovations is that while you might think a particular rehab or upgrade would look great for a certain area of the home, other buyers might not agree. In contrast, if a buyer doesn’t like the color you painted a room, they can always change it with minimal hassle and cost.

Before you make any upgrades to your home—large or small—we’d love to talk with you about it and discuss whether they make sense in the context of the current market. If you’re interested in a consultation or you have any other questions, feel free to give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

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