Home renovations are a great way to update the look and feel of your home while making it more comfortable and adding functionality as well. Sellers often start home renovations with good intentions and high expectations for the end result.
These kinds of renovations and repairs are expected with owning and maintaining a home. This list may be longer and more detailed for luxury properties with extensive amenities, such as Larkspur real estate or Corte Madera real estate. That being said, you don't need to upgrade or renovate all of the items up front, and certainly not all at once. Remember to factor in weather, material availability and cost, and working hours if you need to hire contractors or builders.
Depending on the project and the size of the house, extensive renovation and repair projects can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to several months. For example, replacing a roof to a home of 3,000 square feet can take only one day if everything goes as planned, but it may take several weeks in case of complications with weather or other issues. Major structural problems and foundation repairs may take up to a year to finish.
Positive first impressions can go a long way with buyers. You’ll create a positive first impression if your yard is perfectly tended to and has environmentally friendly, inviting landscaping. You’ll want to have clean, easily readable address numbers. Adding a fresh coat of exterior paint to your shutters and door brings new life to the front of your home. Also, make sure that your garage is in tip-top shape. Replacing a garage may take from a few weeks to six months of renovation time.
Best Bang for the Buck
Exterior work that involves structures or energy upgrades of any kind, including roofs, windows, doors, sliding doors, and decks, all deliver a good return on investment but will take longer. Before embarking on a fixer-upper project, make sure you know what each renovation activity will require so you are comfortable with the renovation and the duration of time it requires.
For the interior of the house, fresh paint and simple, elegant lighting can give any home an almost new look. When working on sprucing up your home, it’s better to gravitate towards the calm, cool side when it comes to design ideas and choices. Tasteful designs with muted colors that work across a broad palette of tastes and audiences would be a better choice than an eccentric and unique spin on things. If designing isn't your specialty, working with an interior designer is an excellent option to help ensure your home is buyer-ready and has that “wow” factor.
Cosmetic changes like updating kitchen counters and flooring, adding new appliances, and repainting can take anywhere from a few days to a few months. If you are doing a complete kitchen remodel, though, plan for the project to take up to six months.
These projects are often time-consuming and usually require expert help. For instance, adding a beautiful fireplace often takes up to six months to complete. While these projects may have a lower return on investment, they often bring interest and character to the home. Renovation projects of this type include:
- Adding a studio to your property
- Removing walls and opening up a space
- Eliminating or adding a bedroom
- Remodeling the basement or attic to be fully finished and have a purpose, such as a game room
Ready to get started in Marin County real estate?
If you’re looking for expert guidance on which renovations will make your home look its absolute best, you want Eric Schmitt on your side. Eric will help you achieve the design dreams you’ve envisioned. As a top-ranking Marin County realtor with years of experience, Eric is well-versed in the Corte Madera, Mill Valley, and Larkspur real estate market and other properties in this beautiful area. Let him be your guide to some truly incredible renovations that will “wow” both you and your buyers.
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