Will Updating Half of My Long Island NY Home Hurt the Other Half?

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how your half updated home hurts the other halfWill Updating Half of My Long Island NY Home Hurt the Other Half?

It really depends upon which half you update and which half you leave alone. If you update the kitchen, freshly paint the other rooms, rip up carpeting and finish the hardwood floors underneath but leave the basement alone, then no.

The style of home matters as well. A home that flows nicely from room to room and all on one level can make a difference compared to a home that has multiple levels.

When I show homes and see the downstairs is nicely updated but the upstairs needs fresh paint, an updated bath and a little sprucing up, it's not the end of the world. A home that flows all together, the part that is finished will make the rest of the home look like an eye sore.

The example below is a front to back Split level home:

Will Updating Half of My Long Island NY Home Hurt the Other Half?Will Updating Half of My Long Island NY Home Hurt the Other Half?Will Updating Half of My Long Island NY Home Hurt the Other Half?

Will Updating Half of My Long Island NY Home Hurt the Other Half?Will Updating Half of My Long Island NY Home Hurt the Other Half?

Will Updating Half of My Long Island NY Home Hurt the Other Half?Will Updating Half of My Long Island NY Home Hurt the Other Half?

This is the original kitchen from the 1950's. The windows are new but nothing else is. The kitchen cabinets are metal, outdated vinyl floor and appliances.

With a front to back Split, the first room you walk into is usually the living room. Straight ahead are a few stairs down to a den area which are the first three photos above.

Most buyers would head straight down to the den area first which is the most attractive. After oooing and ahing, going into the rest of the house was a disappointment to them. The beautiful den and updated bath made the rest of the house look like it needed $50,000 worth of work. Being priced at $349,000 made things worse for the seller. It should have been priced at $329,000 to get a $320,000 accepted offer.

My advice: sell your Long Island NY home the way it is and keep the money you would have used to update your house to buy your next home. It is better to buy low then high.

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Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
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Good advice to save your money for the new home. The other alternative would be to spruce the house up enough so that it all flows together as you mentioned but not concentrate too much on one area to avoid the harsh contrast you mentioned where potential buyers come in to a renovated area feeling impressed only to be dissappointed that the rest of the house doesn't measure up.

Sep 29, 2014 01:36 AM #1
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Beth and Richard Witt
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Good advice Jackie...  folks need to accept the fact that they always pay for maintenance... either when they live it the house or when they leave it... Happy Day

Sep 29, 2014 04:06 AM #2
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Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
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Hi Tanya, I see this so many times where half the home is updated and the rest isn't. Makes buyers feel the house isn't worth what it is listed for.

Hi Beth, Thank you. There is always something to do when you own a home.

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