FAQ: Remodeling your home, keep future buyers in mind.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

Recently, I have heard so many sellers tell me of all the remodeling they have done and now are looking to get their money back out when they have to sell it. Unfortunately, the buying public doesn't look at the it same way.

Here is what a home owner should consider when remodeling their home:

1. Is there a possibility that you might need to sell the house in the near future?

2. Maybe there is a relocation in your future whether for a new job or family emergency?

3. You want to downsize or upsize?

Because if that is in your future, here are some examples of what you should ask yourself if you can get your money back when doing the following:

1. Is it a plus or minus to put in a pool? Pools are expensive to build and maintain.

2. Just because you like a huge tub, with water shortages and usage costs, is a buyer going to see it as a detriment?

3. You rebuild part of your garage into storage thereby cutting the size down to a one-car garage, will that be the best way to go? A buyer might want to 2-car garage and would rather have a separate storage shed.

5. You put new carpeting throughout the house, but the style is for hardwood floors, is that a detriment?

6. You love bright or, conversely, dark interior walls, but it might be better to keep them more neutral.

So even though you obviously want the house to be YOUR home when you live there, it still is savvy to keep the future buyer in mind.



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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

All good ideas but many will not listen since they want to do what they want to do....Endre

Jun 14, 2017 11:23 PM #1
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

I am on a long term remodel project on my house.  I built it 26 years ago and had a mauve tub, was very fashionable at the time, guess what big mistake.  So now everything I do is keeping in mind that one day I am going to sell my home.

Jun 15, 2017 01:42 AM #2
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667 (MT), 914-419-0270 (NY), Broker in NY with Grand Lux Realty and in MT with (coming soon!) - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Yes, if a home owner is planning to sell soon, they should keep in mind the resale value of any changes they make. Here, installing an inground pool will be a money loser.

Jun 15, 2017 03:28 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Hella... a great way to put it. I always talk in terms of resale value to my clients, but the underlying message is the same.

Jun 15, 2017 04:18 AM #4
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

such an important message for sellers as they get ready toremodel their homes - how long will they be there?

Jun 15, 2017 07:52 AM #5
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