NEGLECTING TO CONSULT WITH YOUR REALTOR
Believe it or not you’d be surprised how many sellers, even with the best of intentions, plan and execute renovations without discussing their plans with their Realtor. Let this be your first step so you can avoid any unnecessary expenses or risk community or municipal penalties for unapproved changes. Why invest in certain expenditures when you might have to reverse your efforts and consequently delay a sale?
AVOID OVER IMPROVEMENTS
Decipher between excessive renovation projects versus those which add value and appeal. Will replacing that wood floor be a smart choice or perhaps simply refinishing suffice? Should you install a state of the art garage or would a carport be the wisest choice? Does the kitchen need to be completely remodeled or would a fresh coat of paint and new hardware bring the same return? Remember, your goal is to add value, make the sale and move on to your next opportunity so keep the renovations purposeful and cost effective.
LANDSCAPING LIKE THERE IS NO TOMORROW
A manicured lawn that is appealing is optimum. However, some homeowners go overboard in an attempt to renovate the exterior of their property. Keep the yard(s) manicured and alive with greenery, but avoid extensive new plantings that might not yield the return you crave. Palms are lovely additions but be aware of power lines , planting them too close to home structures and fences as hurricane season must be considered. Not to mention the cost to maintain them including the falling coconuts from robust trees.
TALK TO YOUR NEIGHBORS
Don’t be afraid to ask your neighbors which contractor(s) they hire for certain projects. Which company installed their hurricane shutters? Unless your circle of friends includes craftsmen of all trades, from landscapers to interior decorators, you’re going to need to do a bit of comparison shopping. Inquiring with neighbors can help facilitate that process. Aim to hire those who can work with your time frame AND budget.