Getting your house ready to put on the market means making repairs both large and small. Most buyers want to purchase a home that is move-in ready so it’s important to get yours up to snuff. You'll have to prioritize and carefully consider which repairs to work on, and there will be a few that will be obvious to you, like hiring a Houston roofing contractor to restore the roof back to good condition. Your Realtor should be able to help you find a good one.
That being said, certain other items won’t provide a return on your investment, and there will be others that new homeowners will prefer to do themselves after moving in. Here are some things that probably won't make sense to renovate before selling your home.
Kitchens can be a big selling point for a home. And if yours are a little dated then you may be tempted to replace or upgrade them. While we do encourage you to deep clean your kitchen and update certain items like lighting and hardware, leave the kitchen cabinets alone. In most cases, this includes painting them. Kitchen trends come and go, and if you follow a trend that some homebuyers don’t find attractive it could work against you. It’s best to let the new owners determine how they’d like to update the kitchen cabinets.
Hardwood floors are a perennial favorite for homeowners. So don’t be tempted to cover them up with something more trendy. While wall-to-wall carpet may hide imperfections and vinyl laminate may be easier to clean, the new owners may not appreciate that the beautiful hardwood has been covered. Instead, clean and polish the floors before listing.
Cracks in sidewalks or driveways
Curb appeal is important when you’re selling your home, but don’t be tempted to go overboard. Yes, you should trim trees and bushes, powerwash surfaces, and maybe update your mailbox and front porch light, but don’t try to fix cracks in sidewalks or driveways. Unless the damage is a serious hazard, this is not something that will be a deal-breaker for nearly all buyers in Houston.
Does your home have broken blinds or outdated window treatments? If so, then you may feel compelled to replace them. However, much of the time, we recommend simply removing the old or broken window treatments instead of replacing them. It’s unlikely a buyer will decide not to put an offer on a house because there are no curtains or blinds. There’s even a hidden perk to simply removing them – you’ll be letting in more light. You should have as much natural light as possible when showing your home, so removing the window treatments makes sense. Just be sure to clean your windows until they sparkle.
Anything you can’t finish
If you’re not sure that you’re up to the task of a particular renovation, then don’t do it. Buyers will be more put off by an unfinished job. When you leave them with a partially completed renovation, then it is something they will have to deal with immediately after moving in. But if you leave it alone, then the new owners can choose if and when they’d like to take on that task.
Talk to your agent
When in doubt, talk to your agent. If you’re not sure whether or not you should renovate an item in your home before selling, then consult your agent. They have the knowledge and experience to help you make the best decision.Get started early Finally, don't hesitate to get your agent involved early. Many prospective home sellers get held up in analysis paralysis. They fret about the size and scope of the tasks they think they need to accomplish before listing their home for sale. This can cause a lot of anxiety. Most good agents don't mind getting involved early so you can develop a focused plan. If you'd like to meet with one of our agents about developing your plan, then contact us today! Our team of experts is standing by to answer all your questions. Fill out the form below to get matched with a Norhill Realtor today.