Real estate agents are often asked whether it is better to remodel or to sell. Generally, projects that build off of or improve what you already have are much more expensive than having something new built or added. You could end up with more money invested into a remodel project than you would’ve if you’d just bought a home better suited to your needs.

You need to ask yourself if the home you’re currently in has too many irreplaceable features, and if you’d be willing or even able to duplicate them in another home. If the answer is no, then you should consider selling your home and buying a new one. But if the answer is yes, then there a few things you should be aware of.

When you remodel, it’s best to look forward to when you’ll have to sell it. Some common remodels and improvements can get different percentages in return. Replacing your entry door can get you up to 96.6% in return. Adding a wood deck can return up to 87.4%, and attic bedrooms, garage door replacements and a minor kitchen remodel can get 82-84% return.

Some remodel projects bring less in returns. A master suite addition or backup power generator offers about 67%, a bathroom addition brings back 60%, a sunroom addition or a home office remodel only brings about 49-52% returns.

The most important question you need to ask is whether you actually need to remodel or upgrade. Unless your door is cracked or peeling, you might just need to give it a fresh coat of paint, then try buying planters and other accents like a porch swing in the same color. Don’t assume that a complete remodel is always necessary; sometimes all you need is a repair and a fresh coat of paint.

Keep in mind how long you’re planning on staying in the house, don’t worry too much about what buyers will think, and focus on projects that will make staying in the house more pleasant for you and your family. You can knock out a few walls to make your living room bigger or fill out the attic to make it a bedroom or playroom.

The addition of a second story, a master suite or even a sunroom is worth the extra money if you really need the space, but keep in mind that you’ll need building permits for all of those additions, and that the work could clutter up your home for months at a time. DO NOT attempt a major remodeling project without an architect or experienced contractor. Take advantage of having the expert advice and make sure any projects you’re undertaking are complimenting the structure of your house.

In general, smaller projects can get you more return than the larger ones, so start with those and fix any minor things that you can. As you spend more time in your home you’ll get a better idea of which remodels and updates make the most sense for you and your home.

If you’ve decided that you’d like to sell, contact the Sandi Pressley Team today.

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