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Should You Remodel Before You Sell?

When you decide that it is time to sell your home you have a lot of decisions to make. Will you use a real estate agent or try to sell your home privately? How much should you depersonalize your home to help potential buyers envision your space with their own belongings? And, the most important question, how much money should you put into fixing up your home for sale?

This last one may seem like a difficult question to answer, but answering a few of the questions to follow will help you understand just how much of a remodel you should (or should not) take on before listing it.

Questions to Consider Before Committing to a Remodel

  • How soon do you plan to move? If you’re moving right away an expensive kitchen or bathroom remodel might not be worth it. However, if you’ll have a year or two to enjoy the upgrades, remodelling could be a good option for your home.
  • Are you concerned about getting top dollar for your home, or do you need to move quickly? If you answer yes to one or both of these questions, a remodel is probably not worth your time and money.
  • How does your home compare to others in your area? Are all of the other homes of a similar size in your proximity appointed with updated kitchens and bathrooms, fresh paint, and new flooring? You will need to invest in some upgrades if you want your home to show well and bring a good sale price.

How Much to Invest in a Remodel

Deciding how extensive your home’s remodel should be is the next step in the process. As a general rule you should avoid an upscale remodel, because there is little chance that you will see a good return on investment. On the other hand you don’t want to replace something outdated with something of poor quality. Opt for mid-grade improvements that are nice enough to attract potential buyers but not so pricey that you will lose money on it.

Remodeling Your DC Area Home

Do you live in the DC Metropolitan area and want help getting your home ready to put on the market? We are experienced with helping homeowners decide where their hard-earned money is best put to use in a remodeling project. Give us a call today to schedule your estimate.

We’d love to help you with your project, let’s get started!