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dtremit

I am definitely in the camp of preferring a"well maintained original" — we are hoping to move in the next year or two, but when I look at homes that have been recently redone, I cringe at both the asking price and the completely awful work. I want the house with the new furnace and the ancient kitchen — that's the sign that it's been well looked after. (Plus I can live with it long enough to figure out what I really want.)

 

That said, at least in our area, the renos seem to work. Anything that reads as "fresh" ends up in a bidding war, while houses with good bones but obviously old kitchens (or with missing features like central air — surprisingly uncommon here) sit on the market a bit longer and sell at or below asking price. (There is almost no new single family construction in the area, though, so that may skew things.)

 

Given @Porthos details I'm guessing a surface refresh is exactly what's needed — you're not going to guess people's preferred paint color, but who wants to strip wallpaper? And new counters and cabinet fronts make the house work for a lot bigger pool of buyers than the ones who want (and can afford) to do renovations immediately.

dtremit

dtremit

I am definitely in the camp of preferring a"well maintained original" — we are hoping to move in the next year or two, but when I look at homes that have been recently redone, I cringe at both the asking price and the completely awful work. I want the house with the new furnace and the ancient kitchen — that's the sign that it's been well looked after. (Plus I can live with it long enough to figure out what I really want.)

 

That said, at least in our area, the renos seem to work. Anything that reads as "fresh" ends up in a bidding war, while houses with good bones but obviously old kitchens (or with missing features like central air — surprisingly uncommon here) sit on the market a bit longer and sell at or below asking price. (There is almost no new single family construction in the area, though, so that may skew things.)

 

Given @Porthos details I'm guessing a surface refresh is exactly what's needed — you're not going to guess people's preferred paint color, but who wants to strip wallpaper? And new cabinet fronts make the house work for a lot bigger pool of buyers than the ones who want (and can afford) to do renovations immediately.

dtremit

dtremit

I am definitely in the camp of preferring a"well maintained original" — we are hoping to move in the next year or two, but when I look at homes that have been recently redone, I cringe at both the asking price and the completely awful work. I want the house with the new furnace and the ancient kitchen — that's the sign that it's been well looked after. (Plus I can live with it long enough to figure out what I really want.)

 

That said, at least in our area, the renos seem to work. Anything that reads as "fresh" ends up in a bidding war, while houses with good bones but obviously old kitchens (or with missing features like central air — surprisingly uncommon in this area) sit on the market a bit longer and sell at or below asking price.

 

Given @Porthos details I'm guessing a surface refresh is exactly what's needed — you're not going to guess people's preferred paint color, but who wants to strip wallpaper? And new cabinet fronts make the house work for a lot bigger pool of buyers than the ones who want (and can afford) to do renovations immediately.

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