Your house is probably your most valuable asset. That is why it can be difficult to judge how to allocate and spend your repair and renovate dollars. What is a good update and what is a waste of money as you put your Houston home on the market? We at Century Construction would like to give you some suggestions when you’re deciding whether or not to remodel your home.
Should You Make Repairs Before Selling?
Some very specific issues can kill home sales. Address them before putting your home on the market. Not all resale repairs will pay off, so calculate the potential return on your investment if you’re tempted to spend money on the latest gadgets and trends.
You could invest a few hundred dollars in a home inspection before you list your home so you’ll know upfront if your property has any structural, must-repair problems. Or you can contact Century Construction for advice from an experienced and capable team. Use their observations, and the research from your real estate professionals, to decide which improvements to spend money on.
In general, there is no improvement you can make that returns 100% of your investment. But you can improve the value of your home by correcting issues of delayed maintenance.
Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Without a doubt, hardwood floors are one of the most popular flooring selections in a home. So when you list, have your hardwood floors looking their best. Refinishing your hardwoods when they need it can totally change how a buyer views your property.
If you have carpet now, you could install hardwood for a higher sales price. However, have your listing agent compare the relevant ‘comps’ to determine if it is worth the expense in your situation.
Roofs and Exterior
Moss growth on the roof, missing shingles, and problems with the siding are all things that buyers will notice. Try to get all these things patched up now so you don’t have to answer questions about it later. If your home needs a new roof, replace it now. Even though most roofing tear-off jobs take one to two days, buyers shy away from buying a home if the roof needs to be replaced. A new roof probably won’t increase your sales price. However, most future buyers will expect an allowance to replace it. So repair it before you list it.
Do not argue, justify or ignore your realtor; wallpaper must go. Buyers have a hard time seeing past wallpaper. Don’t give the buyer an allowance to remove the wallpaper– remove before you put it on the market. Getting rid of wallpaper is all about first impressions and making a home more appealing to a buyer.
Kitchen remodels return nearly 100%. However, keep your renovations in line with your neighborhood. According to Remodeling Magazine, the high-end kitchens don’t return as much as the mid-range or minor kitchen remodels. Most buyers won’t pay extra for a built-in Sub Zero refrigerator, professional 8-burner stove, under-mount sink or Travertine floors.
- Buyers don’t want to spot leaky faucets or stained sinks. Repair 100% of any mold problems. Make all minor repairs that will make your kitchen appear more inviting, even if it isn’t a “dream kitchen”. You can paint as necessary, install new fixtures and replace the countertops to something more modern.
Functional, clean bathrooms are a necessity. If you have a problem with a running toilet or a leaky faucet, make repairs as necessary. Correct any airflow problems that have led to mold. New floors, fixtures and lights payoff.
If you cannot get the shower doors or glass fixtures clean, consider replacing the door. Lime deposits can etch glass and cannot always be easily removed. If the tub is stained, consider refinishing the tub.
New lighting, paint, and hardware are all money well spent.
Your Choice in Houston
Overall, buyers want to buy a home that has no visible deferred maintenance, newer appliances, updated plumbing, current HVAC, modern conveniences and is ready to occupy.
Taking care of the most important things to repair before selling a house will put more money in your pocket.
Instead of hiring separate contractors to prepare your home, use the same company Houston trusts for disaster recovery. Century Construction Services can provide a full range of restoration services that will bring your home top sales price. Contact us for more information on how we can help you sell your house at the best price!