Today I’ll walk you through a timeline of home upgrades you make before your home goes on the market.


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Clients and friends often come to me inquiring about what upgrades they should make to their home before it goes on the market and when they should make them. In light of that, today I’ll share a specific timeline you can follow for your home renovations, so you won’t have to tackle them all at once.

If you consider yourself to be an organized person by nature, a good time to start making upgrades is seven to 10 years before your move. During that seven-to-10-year period, you should begin redoing your landscaping, upgrading your garage door, replacing your roof, and stay on top of general repairs.

Once you’re five years away from moving, it’s time to replace and upgrade big-budget items that will be consequential to your resale value and that you won’t want to pay for closer to your move-out date. This includes your HVAC system, front door, and virtually every item that has a warranty.

 

 

“Remember, it’s still your home until it goes to market, so you and your family may want to make renovations now that you’ll have a chance to enjoy.”


Strategically speaking, two years prior to your move is the best time to renovate your kitchen and bathrooms, clean out any storage areas, and order a preliminary home inspection. By doing this, you’ll preempt any unwelcome surprises when it’s time to sell your home.    

The final tick mark on the timeline is a year before your move. In the final stretch, it’s time to focus your efforts on cosmetic improvements and simple maintenance that will freshen up your listing. Think about redoing your flooring, applying some fresh paint to your home’s interior, and replacing accessory items. 

Remember, it’s still your home until it goes to market, so you and your family may want to make renovations now that you’ll have a chance to enjoy—no matter if they’ll add to your future resale value or not. After all, a house is so much more than an investment. It’s the place you call home. 

If you have any other questions or would like more information, please feel free to give me a call at 513-673-8579 or send me an email at Dan@DanSellsCincy.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon!