Don't Remodel Your Home If You Selling Soon!

Real Estate Agent with William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty CT RES.0783448

Often, I am asked by seller's if they should do any work on their home before putting it on the market. There are several reasons I believe you shouldn't do anything:

  • Your taste in style might be different then buyers.
  • Renovations to kitchens and bathrooms can cost a lot of money, which would reduce your down payment on your purchase. Even if you finance out the renovation, it will effect not only your credit score, but also your debt to income ratio.
  • There are often delays or hidden surprises in the course of remodeling, which can take more time & money to fix, and would delay how soon the house can hit the market.
  • You might not be able to enjoy the upgrades, once they are completed.

I say don't do anything expect:

  • Fix the items which are broken (damaged trim, baseboards, window panes,etc)
  • Get together documents relating to your home (survey, receipts for repairs (roof, septic pumps, etc), warranties, manuals, past years of utilities bills)
  • Re stage rooms for intended purpose
  • Get rid of or donate things you haven't used/don't need that take up space. Buyers will be pay top dollar if they think all of their stuff can fit & them some in your house.


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Jonathan Hall-Realtor Serving Greater Danbury & Candlewood Lake with William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty
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I understand the point you are making, Jonathan, but I don't totally agree not to do any updating or upgrading. I do agree that sprucing up, decluttering, and staging are all crucial elements that must be done. However, there is much that the homeowner can do to modernize and enhance the look & feel of a home without having to spend a lot on major remodeling. Start with curb appeal by cleaning up and cutting back foliage (or adding plants, if needed), and an impressive front door helps alot. Earth tone exterior paint and bright, neutral tones inside will do wonders. Worn out or multiple floor surfaces should be addressed--there's nothing like stunning, continuous floors when you first walk in (although this element can get expensive). New faucets & fixtures can do wonders for the kitchen & baths, as can new appliances (you can't go wrong with a stainless steel finish). Especially in today's market, a home must stand out from the crowd, but at the same time homeowners must focus on high-value-added projects that are appropriate to their market and neighborhood. There's a lot more detail at


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