Should I Renovate My Home?

Every home has areas in need of renovation. Right?  Whether you just bought a home, or you just had one built, there are always items that aren't exactly to your needs.

OLD UGLY COUNTERTOP!  

OLD UGLY COUNTERTOP!  

 

Are you ready to renovate your existing home?  Are you thinking you should before you sell?  That is a tough question.  Love it or list it.  We have seen that show.  Can you make it work or do you need to move on?  

On one hand, updating your home before selling is a good idea.  On the other hand, you may find that buyers want to update to their own tastes.  

If you can afford the renovation, however, adding value to your home before selling is a good idea.  That way you can enjoy the changes sometimes a few years before selling.  And let's face it, if you got your floors done, it's a great opportunity to clean out the closets and get rid of some junk!

Before and after photos of newly refinished hardwood flooring.

Before and after photos of newly refinished hardwood flooring.

According to Scott McGillivray from HGTV, flooring is a good investment in terms of selling your house for a good return. In his article "Top 5 Renos for Return on Investment", you can read why he thinks so.

Let's compare this to the sale of your truck.  When you decide to sell, you must clean up your truck and make repairs before you advertise.  You take off early from work so you can get it  detailed and have repairs done.  It's not cheap.  You wonder if it's going to pay off.   You get a few good offers on the truck.  Then you see how great your truck really is, and you think, why didn't I do this before?

If you decide to update before selling, you must keep in mind to do only the minimum renovations- ones that make the most impact for your money.  You don't want to price yourself out of the neighborhood.

Another thing to consider is to keep your renovations neutral and in good taste.  Save the urge to go some crazy bold color in something permanent, and keep it for an accent color such as pillows, or art, or placemats on your table. See below: AVOID

See below: TRY

Red canisters as accent colors, rather than something permanent. Link

Red canisters as accent colors, rather than something permanent.

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You can still make your "red" impact with temporary objects.

But the idea is to enjoy your renovations, since they aren't cheap, before you are really ready to sell your home.

Red Mountain Restoration & Construction can certainly help you in deciding how you should go about this.  Let us give you an estimate and you can make your decision.  Many insurance companies have us on their list to call and make estimates.  We are their "Preferred Vendor" and we are who they often send to get their claims looked at.  Keep in mind, we don't always get the job.  The homeowner always makes the choice.  As a homeowner you do not have to choose who they send you.

Please check out our Design page to see about flooring for your home.

Have questions?  Down below you can ask away.  We will try to answer them.