If you’re honest with yourself, you may admit that your home isn’t perfect. Yes, you keep up on general maintenance and keep it somewhat clean, but if you were to consider listing your house today, it may not make the cut and may even sit on the market for much longer than you expected.
If an outsider were to walk into your home today, would they notice that you’re up-to-date on the current trends? Or that your appliances are in good shape? Or that your flooring doesn’t look like three kids and a dog have walked all over it? These are excellent questions to ask yourself, especially if you are considering putting your house on the market in the near future. Thanks to realtytimes.com, we have formulated six reasons why it would be wise to stay ahead of the game and make those much needed renovations now rather than later.
1. You will most likely get a return on your investment.
The reason why we say “most likely” is because you have to pick and choose what you renovate, and it may not be what’s #1 on your list. Yes, you would love to have a screened in back porch with ceiling fans, a TV and beautiful furniture, but you may want to consider what portion of your house needs it the most. If you have questions about what update would give you the biggest bang for your buck, please give us a call at (405) 474-4242! We’ve looked at hundreds of houses over the years and can give you a pretty good idea of what would be the most wise investment.
2. Projects typically take longer than expected.
On average, kitchen remodels take 6 to 8 weeks to complete — that’s a long time! And you may also need to build your savings ahead of time before you begin. It’s best to get a head start on something like this rather than waiting until the last minute.
3. When you begin the renovation, you may discover issues that you were unaware of.
In a perfect world, you start your renovation, it stays on track, and you could not be more happy with the results. But in all reality, as you start to take a room apart, you may run into problems like mold, termites or something else that can slip under your radar. Needless to say, this will take more time and money which you weren’t planning on.
4. Smaller projects can make a BIG difference.
In contrast to the reason above, you can easily take a Saturday and complete a cosmetic project that would encourage a more speedy sale. This can be as simple as cleaning the tile grout on your bathroom floor or repainting your living room. You’d be surprised how small changes can truly transform a room!
5. It’s almost necessary to stay up with the times.
Whether you like it or not, if you don’t keep up at least somewhat with the housing trends, you’ll find yourself selling your home at a price much lower than you think it’s worth due to the lack of updates. Additionally, you may find that the updated homes on your street are selling quickly while yours stays on the market 30, 60, 90 plus days. Again, you don’t have to complete a total house remodel, but at least making sure your kitchen, walls, and floors are update-to-date are the main thing.
6. You get to enjoy it for a little while!
Rather than making those updates you’ve always wanted then selling your home a few months later, why not make the changes now and be able to enjoy them!
We hope you’ve found these tips to be beneficial to you and your home. If you have any additional questions about the ideas above, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! We are passionate about real estate and love helping people like you feel confident in this area of your life!