Homeowners who are preparing to sell are often faced with a dilemma about whether to remodel or sell their home in its current state. Each approach has its respective advantages and disadvantages. If you decide to remodel your home, it will likely sell for more; but the increased selling price will come at the cost of financing the remodeling projects. If you decide to sell without remodeling, you won’t spend as much money putting your home on the market, but the concern is whether you’re leaving money on the table.
Should I Remodel or Sell My Home As Is?
To answer this question, it’s important to understand the factors that could influence your decision and to work closely with your agent throughout the process.
Cost Analysis: Home Remodel vs. Selling Your Home As-Is
When you remodel your home before selling, you’re basically making a commitment to spend money to make money. So, it’s important to consider the kind of ROI you can expect from different remodeling projects and how much money you’re willing to spend. Start by discussing these questions with your agent. They can provide you with information on what kinds of remodels other sellers in your area are making and the returns they’re seeing as a result of those upgrades. This will help you determine the price of your home
once your remodel is complete.
Then, there’s the question of whether you can complete your remodeling projects DIY or if you’ll need to hire a contractor
. If hiring a contractor seems expensive, know that those costs come with the assurance that they will perform quality work and that they have the skill required to complete highly technical projects.
According to the Remodeling 2021 Cost vs. Value Report
for Seattle (www.costvsvalue.com
), on average, Seattle-area homeowners paid $28,967 for a midrange bathroom remodel and $29,183 for a minor kitchen remodel, with a 76.9% and 87.7% ROI respectively. This data shows that, for these projects, you can recoup a chunk of your costs, but they may not be the most cost-effective for you. A more budget-friendly approach to upgrading these spaces may look like repainting your kitchen cabinets, swapping out your old kitchen backsplash for a new one, refinishing your bathroom tub, or installing a new showerhead. Other high-ROI remodeling projects
may allow you to get more bang for your buck, such as a garage door replacement or installing a stone veneer. To appeal to sustainably-minded buyers, consider these 5 Green Upgrades that Increase Your Home Value
Deciding not to remodel your home will come with its own pros and cons. By selling as is, you may sell your home for less, but you also won’t incur the cost and headache of dealing with a remodel. And since you’ve decided to sell, you won’t be able to enjoy the fruits of the remodel, anyway. If you sell your home without remodeling, you may forego the ability to pay down the costs of buying a new home
with the extra money you would have made from making those upgrades.
Market Conditions: Home Remodel vs. Selling Your Home As-Is
Local market conditions may influence your decision of whether to remodel before selling your home. If you live in a seller’s market
, there will be high competition amongst buyers due to a lack of inventory. You may want to capitalize on the status of the market by selling before investing time in a remodel since prices are being driven up, anyway. If you take this approach, you’ll want to strategize with your agent, since your home may lack certain features that buyers can find incomparable listings. In a seller’s market, it is still important to make necessary repairs and to stage your home
In a buyer’s market
, there are more homes on the market than active buyers. If you live in a buyer’s market, you may be more inclined to remodel your home before selling to help it stand out amongst the competition.
Timing: Home Remodel vs. Selling Your Home As-Is
Don’t forget that there is a third option: to wait. For all the number crunching and market analysis, it simply may not be the right time to sell your home. Knowing that you’ll sell your home
at some point in the future—but not right now—will allow you to plan your remodeling projects with more time on your hands which could make it more financially feasible to complete them.