• Emjae Esta

Should you renovate before selling?

Updated: Jul 27

The short answer is yes and no. Now, let’s go into more detail about what we mean.

Why should you renovate? Only certain things in your home should be considered when making pre-selling renovations. Your home needs to pass inspection and you need to consider what a buyer will ask you to fix or replace when making the offer. Consider a deep cleaning, maybe a fresh coat of paint, and make sure the little things here and there are fixed and taken care of. Keep in mind that first impressions matter. You want your home to be appealing to buyers through pictures, videos and first walk through. Try to make sure in the videos and pictures that none of the rooms are too dark.

Why shouldn’t you renovate? When selling your home, you have to keep in mind not everyone has the same taste. That being said, you don’t want to do a full renovation. You can make a few updates to get a higher list price and spruce up the house some, but let the new owner decide how they want their new home to look.


When figuring out which things you should renovate take into consideration things that will help get you more money out of your house. You don’t need your house to look like a magazine home, but it does need to look neat, clean and organized. When selling your house you can also consider replacing the roof to raise the value of the home, you’ll need to contact a professional to see pricing for the roof when you consider replacing it.You also want to keep in mind what type of market we are currently in. When in a sellers market you can get away with less, but in a buyers market you will likely need to do more to please potential buyers. You can ask for a home inspection to see what is a must to be updated and worry about those first and then see what else you want to or need to get replaced after focusing on the must haves. If you have any questions about how to prepare your home for selling please contact us today!


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