RENO BEFORE SELLING?

Many sellers ask me if they should renovate before lisitng their home for sale.


It depends.


If the entire home is in original shape, and you don't intend to renovate top to bottom, I would leave it as is. That provides the buyer with full rein to choose all new colors and textures for every room - which also creates a cohesiveness throughout the space. If you just renovate one room, like a bathroom or bedroom, the stark comparison to the rest of the home makes it look worse - and more work.

Sometimes a buyer won't purchase a home if the reno is brand new but not to their liking.

However, if your home is in good shape but the bathrooms are tired looking, overhauling those would be a good idea.


The best mini reno on most places is always a fresh coat of paint - done by a professional! A neutral white or off white is a great choice.


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Michael Geller, a contributor to the Vancouver Courier re: real estate/housing issues, always has a clear and calm view of the situation.

Six False Creek affordable housing lots still empty after three decades: Vancouver Sun front page story March 10, 2018

      
While I didn't write this story, I feel partially responsible for it.
     During the recent debate about the forthcoming North-east False Creek development, much was made of the city's promise to include significant affordable housing. This prompted me to comment that this was a noble goal, but before getting too excited about these units, what about the 6 empty social housing parcels lying fallow along the North Shore of False Creek?
     I knew about these parcels because I was given a tour of them by Concord Pacific during the 2008 municipal election. Furthermore, I was involved as an expert witness in a lawsuit over them a few years ago. Following my comments, Lori Cuthbert contacted me. I happily put her in touch with Cameron Gray, who was the City's Housing Director, and while not directly involved in the acquisition of these sites, knew why they remained undeveloped.
     I told Lori that I thought it was outrageous that these sites remained undeveloped, not as a criticism of Concord Pacific, but rather of the city, province and feds who could have come up with a strategy to see these parcels developed with affordable housing, even in the absence of deep government subsidies. Enough said.

     http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/three-decades-ago-six-big-lots-in-vancouvers-trendy-false-creek-were-reserved-for-affordable-housing-they-remain-empty-today-will-these-600-homes-for-families-and-seniors-finally-be-built
      
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