When the time comes to sell your home, an obvious question arises—should I do renovations before I sell? While on the surface it may seem like renos could increase the value of your property, there are a handful of factors to consider before jumping in.
First, find and choose a REALTOR© for guidance on how the market is performing in your area. Next up, decide on your target market. Are you looking for a buyer who wants a move-in ready place? Or someone searching for a fixer upper? What’s your time frame to sell? These questions will help determine the scale and size of any potential renovation.
Anthony Lance, REALTOR® and sales representative with Right at Home Realty Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, says, “whether you’d like to sell your home with small upgrades or larger ones, there are specific changes that can help.”
Kitchen and bathroom
When it comes to large renovations, Lance suggests putting your money in areas like the kitchen and bathroom.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and future buyers are attracted to a space they could see themselves in. However, the cost and time required to remodel a kitchen can quickly add up with new flooring, countertops, cabinets, and appliances. To keep costs down, consider do-it-yourself projects like painting the cabinets, replacing the lights, and refreshing the backsplash.
A bathroom remodel is also typically one of the higher return projects you can do. For larger renos, consider updating worn-out items, replacing flooring, and purchasing quality finishes. Some easier changes include repainting the vanity, switching out the fixtures, and brightening up your grout.
“When a buyer comes in and sees a nice bathroom and kitchen, it’s a relief,” says Lance, adding “these are intimate areas where people spend a lot of time and having them already done can be a major win.”
HVAC, roof, and windows
Lance also says “people want to know the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), roof, and windows have been taken care of as a buyer is going to be concerned with what might cost them more down the road.”
When it comes to your roof ask yourself ‘what’s the damage?’ both financially and foundationally.
Like the roof, when thinking about windows determine if a repair will suffice. Windows can make a big impact aesthetically and to the efficiency of your home, including its heating and cooling costs.
While bigger renos may help increase the value of your home, they could also open up a Pandora’s box, so when planning for renos, consider if smaller changes may fit the bill.
“A fresh coat of paint indoors and outdoors make a home look larger and well maintained. Also consider painting the exterior, especially the front door,” says Lance. “Little things like changing the doorknobs and ensuring the insides of cabinets and closets are in good shape can also help to draw in that detail-oriented buyer.”
Although cleaning isn’t a renovation, a good deep clean of your home is a great way to show off its features. Moreover, “fresh flowers, green grass, mulch in the garden and potted plants go a long way,” says Lance.
If you’re in a condo, give your windows and balcony a good wash and accentuate the area with bright plants and balcony lights.
Remodelling your home before selling is no small decision. If you have time, a clear budget, and want to attract a move-in-ready buyer, consider taking on larger renovations like the bathrooms, kitchen, or mechanical systems. Or, if your property is already in tip-top shape, consider some paint, a professional home stager, and a proper clean.
There are many paths you can take when thinking of renovating your home before selling, and your REALTOR® can help identify the one that will help in your local market.