Thinking of listing your South Lake Tahoe Real Estate? Thinking of remodeling your South Lake Tahoe real estate? You may be wondering how to time this big undertaking, as well as if it is even worth it. After all, you want to get the best return on investment and some of the big, spendy and trendy remodels just don’t do it. Here is a general timeline of what to do, and when. Of course your South Lake Tahoe Realtor should weigh in as what buyers want in some markets, they may not want in others.
If you are planning on listing your home for sale in South Lake Tahoe within the year, your focus should be on the high traffic areas and making sure your property is looking, and smelling, fresh and clean. New flooring, new paint and textiles are good to focus on during this point in the timeline. If you do it too far in advance, you may need to do it again right before listing, which is spending unnecessary money. Especially with living in the mountains and dealing with snow, mud, dirt and pollen, the floors can take a beating. Same thing with paint and textiles. Walls show dirt pretty easily and textiles can soak up scents without you even noticing. These should be the final touches.
Still a few years out from listing your home for sale in South Lake Tahoe? This is the perfect time to do the renovations on the kitchen or bathrooms. Trends usually last roughly 10 years depending on what they are. While you may be wanting to incorporate your own taste so you can get some personal enjoyment out of it, don’t go too off the cuff as it can make the home hard to sell when it comes time to list. Chat with your South Lake Tahoe Realtor about the trends buyers love and use that as a guide. You also should probably start organizing. You will likely need to do it again right before you list, but this is a great time to start donating, selling and storing items you know you want use between now and the list date. It also isn’t the worst idea to have a home inspection so you can incorporate any necessary repairs into your renovation plan. Nothing ruins an escrow like a nasty home inspection report so knowing ahead of time what you could face, as well as planning for it ahead of time, could pay off big time in the end. This is also a good time to replace major systems like your plumbing, the HVAC or anything with a warranty. These usually have long life expectancies but replacing them now allows for a couple scenarios: 1) you get to enjoy the improved systems and some potential energy savings & 2) avoiding a lower sale price to accommodate these repairs when the time comes.
If you aren’t planning on selling for a decade or so, there are still some things you can do to improve your South Lake Tahoe real estate. Things like a roof, new front door or a new garage door last for a really long time and contribute to your curb appeal. Also, keep up on repairs. If you know you are going to be spending a lot of money on renovations, handling the basic upkeep not only lovingly maintains the home, but it is less money out the door when you are already spending quite a bit on improvements. For more information on how to get your home for sale in South Lake Tahoe ready for the market, feel free to give us a call. We would be happy to help!