When most homeowners renovate in order to sell their home, getting the most value for their money is usually at the forefront of their minds. Renovating to sell needs to be done carefully, especially if you’re on a budget. In fact, sometimes it’s not even worth it to renovate before selling.
Structural issues are the top priority. If your home has structural issues or needs big, expensive repairs (think: plumbing or electrical problems) it’s not worth it to do any renovating unless these are taken care of first.
The kitchen is a big risk – with a big reward. The kitchen is considered to be one of the main rooms that helps sell a house. That’s why it’s the focus of many renovate-to-sell operations. However, it’s also typically the most expensive room in the home to renovate, and you can’t start and then not finish. Proceed with caution and make sure it’s in your budget.
Small changes can make a big difference. For example, switching out fixtures, switch plates, baseboards and cabinet knobs or handles with brand new ones can really brighten up a space, as can a coat of paint. It’s the quickest and cheapest way to refresh your home.