Upgrading A House Is Important But Don't Over Do It

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In our current market, many sellers want to be at the front of the competition when listing their house for sale. In other words, if there are four other houses on the same street for sale, it is not uncommon to want to have the best prepared and priced house. Why not and in fact, it makes a lot of sense to have a well prepared home.

First and foremost, this is a good thing most of the time. For sure you want to price your home attractively and the appearance should be second to none. Having said that please be careful that you don't over do any renovation or upgrade. If you do, it could end up costing you when you finally have to sign on the dotted line.

Here is an excellent article that you can point your mouse toward in getting more information on upgrades that don't pay. The article is actually titled, 4 Housing Upgrades That Don't Pay.

David L. Burrows, Realtor
Envirian of Warrenton
110 W. Shirley Avenue
Warrenton, VA 20186
Direct: 703.859.5188
Burrows Properties

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Jody Lautenbach
Century 21 Premier Associates - Pella, IA

I've had contractors that do flip homes ove improve and keep adding even after I've given my advise. Now they are stuck with 2 homes that they have too much money in and cannot move.  Some times the realtor does know more than them - too bad they didn't listen.

Jan 15, 2010 03:12 AM #1
Katie McBride
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
The McBride Team

Improve - but don't over improve.  Good advise.  When I work work with a contractor who is flipping, I ask him to give me one "wow" in the home.  Everything else can be conservative.

Jan 15, 2010 03:26 AM #2
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hi David,

I agree with you over improvement may not increase the wanted value.

John Pusa

Jan 15, 2010 03:48 AM #3
Randy Schulenburg
Schulenburg Realty, Inc. - Algonquin, IL
Schulenburg Realty, Inc.

Great article David.  I'll repost it so that others may benefit from the information.

Jan 15, 2010 04:16 AM #4
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