When you are selling your house, you need to make sure that it’s in good condition. If it’s not, you may have trouble getting somebody interested in it. Some people insist that you absolutely have to renovate your home before you sell, while others say that it’s not worth it and you should try to sell it as it is. In truth, there are pros and cons on both sides and it depends on quite a few factors. Here’s how to decide whether you should renovate your house before selling it or not.
Is There Serious Damage?
If your home has serious damage, like structural problems or a big hole in the roof, that’s not good news. It means that the house may be dangerous to live in and it’s likely to develop a lot of expensive problems further down the line if that damage is not fixed. Even a buyer that is looking for a place to fix up and is willing to do some work will be put off because it’s going to be expensive to get the house into a livable condition again. It’s important that you get a roof inspection and check out any cracks in the walls to make sure that there is no structural damage. If there is serious damage to the house, you will probably need to renovate before you sell because no buyer will be interested.
Are Buyers Willing To Do The Work?
If there is no serious damage, but there is a lot of cosmetic work and small repairs that need to be done, you still need to consider whether a buyer is willing to do the work, and there are a lot of factors here. Firstly, what is the scale of the work? If the house is looking a bit worse for wear, but a few coats of paint will bring it back to life, you should be able to find a buyer that is interested. But if you are trying to sell the house of a hoarder, for example, you have a much bigger job on your hands. It will be tough to find a buyer that is willing to clear out and decorate the entire house from top to bottom, so you may have to do a lot of the work beforehand, unless you find a company that will buy a house as-is.
The other thing to consider is the location because it has a big impact on the amount of work people are willing to do. If the location is great but the house needs work, you should still be able to find a buyer. But if the location is not very desirable, people will expect the house to be in perfect condition.
Will It Add Value and Appeal to Your Home?
Of course, when people come to view your home, they’re looking for a space that they want to live in and that appears in the best light. So, additional features really will help to make your property stand out from others on sale in the neighbourhood and could see your home tick more of their boxes and encourage them to put an offer in. All sorts of features can be appealing. A Richmond Window, a loft conversion creating an extra room, an en suite, a garage – the list goes on. It’s always a good idea to browse property sites and check in with estate agents to see what features other homes nearby have. You want to match or one up them!
Will You Make Sacrifices On Price?
When you are trying to decide how much to sell your home for, you need to consider the work that needs to be done on it. If you are going to leave it for the buyer, that will push the price down. But if you do the renovations and budget them well, you will make more money overall from the sale, so you need to consider whether you are willing to make sacrifices on price or not.
If you think about these things, you should be able to decide whether you should renovate your home before selling it or not.