July 21, 2024

Renovating a Home to Sell It – Main Things To Consider 

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Renovating a home to sell can be both profitable and tedious if done properly, depending on how well the renovation project goes. If anything goes wrong during renovation, however, the results could be disastrous for both parties involved.

Before making a decision about renovating, it’s essential to carefully assess all possible outcomes and risks. A real estate agent can assist in evaluating your home’s underlying value and potential returns.


Realtors frequently advise home staging to give a property the edge over its competition. Stagers can add fresh paint or linens, arrange furniture, declutter, suggest upgrades such as replacing worn floor coverings, and add finishing touches like window treatments and deodorizers.

Staging is often an economical solution to draw buyers in before listing, however it shouldn’t be seen as a replacement for making repairs or updates that will increase value or suitability of your property.

Homes that appear outdated or poorly maintained may deter buyers, particularly if they require mortgage approval and must pass home inspector assessments. If your property has major issues such as leaky roof or old boiler systems, alternative marketing strategies may be more suitable:


Renovation can increase your home’s value and appeal, speed up its sale process and attract more offers – but before beginning a renovation project it is essential that you carefully consider your goals, budget and local real estate trends before undertaking one.

Certain upgrades can yield a favorable return, such as remodeling the kitchen, adding garage windows, or decorating the bathroom. To maximize return on investment and ensure an effective renovation experience, it’s vital that a realistic budget be set and adhered to throughout.

Many homeowners worry about the return on investment (ROI) of their renovation projects. Though some upgrades may not yield 100% ROI, certain upgrades can still increase property values and help speed up sales of your home faster – countertops, appliances and flooring upgrades can all provide considerable increases to its appraisal value – helping qualify more easily for mortgages with less PMI costs later.

Fixtures and Appliances

Real estate fixture definition: something permanently attached to the home that cannot be removed without causing damage; typically considered part of real property and included when selling or leasing out homes.

Morris has seen clients make back their renovation expenses dollar for dollar – especially when adding things such as stainless steel appliances – which buyers expect in any newly purchased home.

However, it can be tricky to distinguish what constitutes fixtures from personal property. Pictures and artwork may not count as fixtures as they belong solely to one individual but things such as chandeliers or built-in entertainment centers might count since they’re often designed as permanent features of a space. Free-standing items like refrigerators or washers/dryers that don’t plug in but rather sit stacked on floors or are set up outside could also count as fixtures depending on whether or not they remain permanently attached; personal property could include these.


Repainting your home is an effective and cost-efficient renovation that will help you sell it faster and for more money. Painting will remove unsightly scuff marks, scratches and dirt that deter buyers who wish to move immediately into their dream homes. Focus on repainting key rooms such as the entrance, kitchen and bathrooms in order to maximize return; use neutral colors that appeal to a range of potential buyers.

Removing wallpaper is another project that can greatly help your ability to sell your home, as new buyers won’t need to worry about redecorating. But be careful not to overimprove – invest only as much as will return in sale proceeds; replacing carpet isn’t worthwhile until two dollars is returned per dollar spent on it!

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