Should you remodel your house before selling?

If you are a seller unsure whether to remodel your house before selling, you are not alone. The majority of people looking to sell are faced with the same dilemma. But how do you make a decision? And how do you know if the one you end up making is the right one? Well, you don't. At least not for sure.

If we are being sincere, the situation is too complex to answer with a simple ''yes'' or ''no''. Some buyers, without question, prefer acquiring fixer-upper properties, while others prefer investing in move-in-ready homes. Still, as no local real estate market is the same, further investigation into yours is necessary to gather more information

However, certain factors are capable of simplifying the decision-making process as they tend to apply to all properties regardless of where they are. Without further ado, let's break them all down.


To remodel or not remodel your house, that is the question. But let's think about it this way. Does complete renovation make sense when you are about to give it up? Are all those changes going to drive the price of your home up? To a degree, yes. However, more often than not, full-scale remodels aren't typically warranted, nor are they profitable. On the other hand, minor modifications could prove to be the right choice. Depending on what they are, they may even provide a significant return on investment.

Some of the most profitable adjustments include:

●      Applying finish to worn-out hardwood flooring

●      Repainting the walls

●      Repainting kitchen cabinets

●      Switching from regular to steel front doors

●      Upgrading the garage door

●      Improving the curb appeal

●      Thorough cleaning

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The local housing market

When in doubt about fixing up your home, always look at it from a business perspective. Since the goal is to add value to the listing, talk to your realtor to see what properties are currently sought after. Does your home include any features they do? If not, is it possible to incorporate some of them? Or, perhaps, your house requires too much work, and it's better to leave it as it is? A real estate agent can answer all these questions. They should also be able to estimate how much your home is worth and how it compares to similar properties.

The preferences of buyers

What is it that buyers are looking for in a property? Preferences tend to differ from region to region and are heavily influenced by things such as neighborhood demographics. Younger people tend to enjoy DIY projects and may be willing to acquire housing that requires some improvement. On the other hand, those a bit older aren't so keen on doing the work themselves and would probably prefer it if you were to remodel your house instead

In case you end up pursuing a renovation, however, bear in mind that you should, in all instances, renovate with buyers in mind! It would be best if you didn't paint the walls the color you like, for example, but rather the one that will attract the buyers. In this particular situation, neutrals are the way to go since they act as a blank space that others can shape to their liking.


Time is one of the deciding factors for remodeling. You'd be surprised by how many homeowners have had to leave their homes because they've gotten a job offer someplace else. When this happens, moving out and moving out fast is usually required. With time being in short supply, there isn't a window for any adjustments to be made around the house. The only goal is to sell the property in its current condition and sell it rapidly! Even if that means settling for a lower price.

Should your goal behind selling be moving to Colorado, you'll want to look for Colorado-based professionals to help out with the relocation process. They know the area well, and most of them are properly equipped to handle even the most delicate belongings.

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If you are willing to remodel your house before selling, ask yourself: Do I have the money to fund the undertaking? And if I do, how much can I spend? Eventually, you can make it easier to decide if and what improvements to make by determining the budget.

Full-on kitchen and bathroom change-ups, for instance, tend to be the most expensive projects. They also tend to provide a return on investment of about 50-60%. This essentially means that you are looking to recoup from 5,000 to 6,000 dollars for every 10,000 spent. Not the greatest return, right? At the same time, however, these rooms are almost exclusively the selling points of homes. So, are they worth updating? Well, yes. But perhaps, on a smaller scale. Minor kitchen and bathroom renovations provide a significantly higher ROI than their major counterparts. In addition, you'll probably be able to get away with DIY-ing them and thus, avoid the added cost of hiring a contractor.


On the other hand, if money is stopping you from renovating your property, that's not to say there is absolutely nothing you can do to improve its visual appearance! Perhaps the most cost-effective solution to this is to boost curb appeal. After all, isn't the yard the first thing potential buyers see on their way to the house? Additionally, first impressions are often deal-breaking. If the landscape is aesthetically pleasing, people are more likely to think the interior is too. Trim the lawn, plant some flowers - it's that simple.

Final thoughts

Should you remodel your house before selling? That's a decision only you can make. There are certain aspects to consider when making up your mind, but it all comes down to you in the end. It's worth noting that whatever you opt for, you won't make a big mistake. For every property, there is a buyer, and that includes yours!

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