Casey Jagosky – Sales Representative, Coldwell Banker Thompson Real Estate, Brokerage
Renovating When You Plan to Sell
If you are planning to list your home in the near future, there are likely many improvements you think need to be done before there is a sign on your front lawn. When you are renovating to sell, it is important to prioritize the areas of the home that will give you the highest return on your investment. For example, improving the exterior of your home, enhancing the room-to-room flow, or giving your kitchen a low cost face lift are all renovations that will help entice prospective buyers.
As soon as the sign goes up on your lawn, you can be sure that home buyers will be driving by to take a look at your property. One of the least expensive renovations that you can do is to improve the outside of your home—adding a porch or some greenery, planting seasonal flowers, or landscaping, are all easy ways to boost curb appeal. Something as simple as changing the colour of your front door or updating the colour of the siding to a more neutral earth tone makes a big difference to the overall appearance of your home.
Consider flow and decluttering
Opening up the flow of a living space seems to be a common renovation in older homes, as antiquated floor plans can feel segmented when compared with the more modern open-concept trend. Currently, it is common to remove objects that obstruct sight lines in order to enhance the room-to-room flow, which can also allow more natural light to fill the living space. It is best to consult a professional when looking at removing walls, especially if they are load bearing.
Low cost tweaks you can make to update a kitchen
Although a home buyer may intend to complete a full kitchen renovation when they purchase a home, it is not recommended that the homeowner complete a drastic kitchen renovation prior to selling, as it is unlikely that the cost of the full renovation will be recouped upon sale. Purchasing new appliances, changing paint colours to a more neutral pallet, updating kitchen cabinet hardware or installing a new back splash are all reasonably priced improvements that will give your kitchen a new sparkle that will appeal to buyers.
Be smart about it
The main idea when completing home renovations prior to selling is to start small—if you know you plan to sell in the near future, completing a costly renovation is high risk since you most likely will not see a full return on your investment. On the other hand, keep in mind that investing modestly into your home may decrease the time spent on the market, increase your selling price, and ultimately lead to a much more seamless real estate transaction.
Casey has lived in Huntsville most of her life, and returned in 2012 with her own family. She believes that it is a great place to live, play, and raise a family. Casey has been helping families find their perfect home since 2014. Whatever her clients need—be it their next family home, downsizing for empty-nesters, vacant land for development, or a recreational property—it is Casey’s mission to find what works best. Her knowledge of Huntsville and surrounding area gives her an unique advantage, resulting in her being able to find a property that meets the needs of the whole family. Casey is the proud mother of an energetic, curious 3-year old, and will welcome a new addition in early 2016. She loves to spend time with her family on the shores of a Muskoka lake, a hiking trail in Algonquin Park, or making memories on a family vacation.