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Pros and Cons of Renovating Your House before You Sell

To renovate or not to renovate. That is the question homeowners are asking themselves in the Maryland location, Virginia location, and Washington DC location before putting their house on the market!

You want to make it attractive to potential buyers, but you don’t want to spend unnecessary expense either. Whether you want to renovate your home before selling, or just put it on the market as-is is a choice that should be considered carefully!

Renovating before you sell PROS

  • Increases market value

Especially if the home you’re trying to sell has been around a while, renovation can give it a more up-to-date look, increasing its value and its attraction to potential buyers.

  • Provides a ready-made home

People searching for a new home have mostly likely seen tens or even hundreds of homes already. A renovation could be just what your home needs to stand out from the crowd. Making a few tasteful renovations can help potential buyers envision themselves living in your home.

  • Decreases reasons to not buy

Potential home buyers may feel overwhelmed by the amount of homes on the market, so, to narrow down their search, they are often critical of the smallest defects. By offering coveted updates, a newly-renovated home has less chance of being dismissed.

Renovating before you sell CONS

  • Time sucking

Renovations take time. If you don’t have time to oversee renovations, or you need to sell your home fast, renovating may not be the best choice.

  • More expensive

Renovating your home can quickly become costly, which may reduce your overall ROI.

  • Takes longer to be market-ready

Even though renovated homes tend to sell faster than non-renovated ones, renovations make it longer before you can put your house on the market. And sometimes that means you have to live in a home-turned-construction-site while the renovations are taking place!

8 Day Home Sale buys houses “as is” for a fair price. If you are looking to sell, talk to us first.