The thought of moving is always a daunting one. It ranks right up there with death and taxes as far as stress levels go. Part of that stress, especially when you are selling your home, is all the renovations or repairs that may need to happen in order to get the maximum amount of money for your home.  I often hear, I will just renovate my home the way I like it and stay.  Should you or shouldn’t you, that is the question.

If you are aiming to sell your home, the goal is to make it as presentable as possible. You want no repairs that are likely to take the buyers eye away from the positive qualities that your home possess. Even in the tight market that we are in, certain things will derail your sale and maybe even prevent you from getting multiple offers.

Make sure that sidewalk to your front door as well as trim and landing surrounding it are in pristine condition. You neve have a second chance to make a first impression. Invest in some modest landscaping along the walk way as well-fresh mulch/pinestraw and even inexpensive plants like pansies go a long way to making buyers feel good.

Updated kitchens and baths- this is what will get you the biggest bang for your buck. Say you spend 12k for a new master bathroom- it may add 20-30k to your home or create a buying frenzy that drives up the price. Same with the kitchen- paint those stained cabinets white for the maximum return.

I will renovate and just stay because I am afraid I won’t find anything..a great idea perhaps, but only if your neighborhood supports it. Many times, homes can be over-renovated and the owner never gets what they thought they would. Your local agent can advise you on what to do/not-to do. Only renovate in stay if you are planning to be there the next few years to enjoy.

All in all, the market still pays more for turnkey homes. Remember, the better it looks the more money you will make, especially in this market.

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