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Should You Remodel for Resale or Personal Preferences?

Illustration depicting remodeling your home for resale

There’s been a lot of discussion on social media about whether you should remodel your home with resale in mind or if creating a highly personalized, unique space is okay. Opinions are very divided, so we thought we’d weigh in.

We have helped our clients create personalized spaces designed to suit their lifestyles, as well as homes that were consciously upgraded with resale in mind. Is one option better than the other?

Not necessarily. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of remodeling for resale versus creating a highly personalized space.

To illustrate the difference when your remodel for resale vs remodel for personal choice

What Does It Mean to Remodel for Resale?

When you choose to remodel for resale, you usually have to let go of some personal design choices and instead make selections based on what will have the most significant ROI when you sell your home. It’s been shown that some materials and colors are more appealing than others regarding resale.

For example, tranquil blue bathrooms are very popular with home buyers, as are light-colored granite countertops in the kitchen. This may not be your style, but these appeal to home buyers and help your home sell more quickly and possibly for more money.

Before going this route, ask yourself how long you’ll be in the home. If you plan to move in the next couple of years, it is wise to upgrade your home according to the latest real estate trends, which also includes choosing appliances and materials that align with your area.

You should also look at the features of homes in your area and consider adding them to your home. For example, if decks are a selling feature in your neighborhood, consider adding one to your home.

Create a Home that Works for You

One of the best parts about owning your home is having the ability to decorate it as you please. If you love to cook and entertain, install an ultra-modern kitchen with stainless steel countertops, sleek black cabinets, and high-end professional-style appliances.

You’ll love the space, which makes it worthwhile. If you love to read, you could create a cozy cottage-inspired living room with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves along with a fireplace with an antique mantle where you’ll love to spend the day reading an old favorite. These spaces may not be functional or desirable to everyone, but they are perfect for you, and if this is going to be your home for years to come, that is incredibly important.

So What’s the Verdict?

Whether you choose to remodel for resale or personal preferences, there is no right or wrong answer. However, if you don’t plan to be moving in the next year or two, we suggest remodeling your home in a way that works for you.

After all, it is your home, and it should reflect your personality and lifestyle needs. When it is time to sell your home, you can make small changes to make it more appealing to buyers based on the design trends. If you’d like more information or have any questions about remodeling your home, we would love to hear from you!

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