4 Things You Should NOT Renovate Before Selling Your Home in Houston

Norhill Realty May 19, 2023

Getting your house ready to put on the market means making repairs both large and small, especially in older neighborhoods like Houston Heights, Memorial West, and Bellaire. Most buyers in Houston want to purchase a home that is move-in ready so it’s important to get yours up to snuff. You'll have to prioritize and carefully consider which repairs to work on, and there will be a few that will be obvious to you, like hiring a roofing contractor to restore the roof back to good condition. That being said, certain other items won’t provide a return on your investment, and there will be others that a new homeowner will prefer to do themselves after moving in. These are the things that we recommend you don’t renovate before selling your home.

Kitchen cabinets

Kitchens can be a big selling point for a home. And if your kitchen is a little dated then you may be tempted to replace or upgrade them. While we do encourage you to deep clean your kitchen and update certain items like lighting and hardware, leave the kitchen cabinets alone. This includes painting them. Kitchen trends come and go, and if you follow a trend that some homebuyers don’t find attractive it could work against you. It’s best to let the new owners determine how they’d like to update the kitchen cabinets.

Hardwood floors

This will be obvious to most Houston home sellers, but hardwood floors are a perennial favorite for homeowners. So don’t be tempted to cover them up with something more trendy. While wall-to-wall carpet may hide imperfections and vinyl laminate may be easier to clean, the new owners may not appreciate that the beautiful hardwood has been covered. Instead, clean and polish the floors before listing.

Cracks in sidewalks or driveways

Curb appeal is important when you’re selling your home. But don’t be tempted to go overboard. Yes, you should trim trees and bushes, powerwash surfaces, and update your mailbox and front porch light. But don’t try to fix cracks in your sidewalks or driveway. Unless the damage is a serious hazard, this is not something that will be a deal-breaker for nearly all buyers.

Anything you can’t finish

If you’re not sure that you’re up to the task of a particular renovation, then don’t do it. Buyers will be more put off by an unfinished job. When you leave them with a partially completed renovation, then it is something they will have to deal with immediately after moving in. But if you leave it alone, then the new owners can choose if and when they’d like to take on that task.

Talk to your agent

Finally, when in doubt, call your Realtor. If you’re not sure whether or not you should renovate an item in your home before selling, then consult your agent. They have the knowledge and experience to help you make the best decision.

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