Renovating to Stay or Sell

Are You Renovating to Stay or Sell?

Making renovations to your home in order to keep it up-to-date is always a good idea. Improvements can boost the appeal of your home, make your life easier, and in some cases, help you to achieve the sale price you want when you decide to sell your home. However, renovations can be a bit more intense that staging your home for showing. Here are some things to think about before you start any project.

Kitchen and Bathroom

It’s true what they say…kitchens and bathrooms help sell a home. Many families elect to undergo a major renovation with a totally new, well-designed kitchen or bathroom. They renovate from top to bottom with the help of a kitchen and bathroom designer. A complete renovation can be costly and in most cases it’s done because you are planning to stay. But, down the line when you do sell,  your kitchen or bath renovation will improve the features your home has to offer and appeal to a larger pool of buyers. However, not everyone has the funds or the time to put into a major kitchen or bathroom renovation in order to sell.

If you are looking to give your kitchen or bathroom an updated look, here are a just a few things to consider while not breaking the bank:


Everyone seems to want Granite countertops, but there are some beautiful Laminate choices that imitate Granite very well. Replacing your countertops whether it is Granite or Laminate will go a long way in in giving your kitchen a fresh, new look. In some cases, simply adding some crown molding on the top of your cabinets along with new faucets, lighting, cabinet hardware, and a fresh coat of paint will appeal to buyers. Bathroom updates as simple as installing a new vanity, faucets, lighting and installing a new mirror in your bathroom will also help you achieve the look of a new space.


Wood flooring seems to win the People’s Choice Award these days. While it does look beautiful, not everyone is convinced. The most important thing about your flooring choice if renovating and staying is to do what works best for you and your family. If you are replacing your floor because you have always wanted to have hardwood floors and it’s a good choice for your lifestyle, then do it! Will it help to improve the features of your home down the line if you decide to sell? Yes! For those buyers who are not a fan of wood flooring, carpeting over hard wood is an easy fix.

If you presently have carpet and you’re thinking of selling your home, flooring is a visually important feature. If your carpet is in good shape then spend the money to have it professionally cleaned. Worn out carpet is a distraction to any buyer and dollars start accumulating in their head. While it could be a $1,000 improvement to you to do beforehand, it could also be a $5,000 deduction on a sales offer.

Curb Appeal

The first trick to getting someone in your home is by what they see on the outside. If they don’t like what they see on the outside, then chances are they won’t want to take the time to make an appointment to see the inside. You want your home to look inviting. If you have a front porch there are so many inexpensive ways to give it new life. Take the time to look through ideas online and remember a fresh coat of paint for your front door can do wonders along with a seasonal wreath that invites guests and potential buyers.

Don’t forget the threshold. Not only your Guests but Buyers walking into your home look down to step in. Make sure your threshold is sparkling clean and free of dirt and leaves and secure. If you have a lot of trees, shrubs, or flowers outside your door, make sure they are neat, trimmed and have a fresh layer of mulch. If you don’t have the time to take care of it yourself, hire a professional landscaper to do it for you.

Don’t forget those outdoor lights! Replacing garage entry lights and porch lights is simple and inexpensive. Installing solar lights up and down your walkway will go a long way in improving curb appeal. It is also a good idea to power-wash your home to make your siding bright and shiny. Any exterior surfaces with peeling paint should be repainted giving it a fresh look and nothing looks better than sparkling clean windows inside and out along with clean sidewalks and a clean driveway. Remember first impressions are lasting impressions.

Outdoor Living Space

In the past few years outdoor living space has become much more important. A big or cozy back yard is an appealing feature to a potential buyer. To the homeowner it can be a quiet and peaceful place to relax and unwind. It doesn’t matter if you are staying in your home or looking to sell, outdoor living space is a very popular feature.

If you have a deck, check your railings and stairs on a regular basis to make sure they are secure. This will go a long way in making your home safer, and it will look more attractive to a prospective buyer. Wood decks need maintenance and if your deck is in need of some simple repairs or staining, it’s a wise investment to do it before you think about selling. Don’t forget to power-wash your patio when power washing the house. All of these are things you can do to make your home more appealing to you or to a potential buyer.

Are you discussing whether to stay or go and you need to discuss it with someone? Call me! Do you need a recommendation for a good painter, landscaper, or a general handyman? Call me! Do you want to find out what your home is worth if you remodel? Call me! As a licensed Realtor, I want to make it a point to stay on top of trends in the market and listen to potential buyers to find out what they are looking for in order to help sellers put their best foot forward.

CONTACT ME for all of your Real Estate needs……..Sandie LaMantia.

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