If you look at the different remodeling magazine and resale data, very few remodeling jobs will even pay themselves back. Some kitchen and bath updates might pay back 90% of what you spend on them. Most updates/ remodeling or additions, etc will only pay you back between 60- 80 cents on the dollar. So given that, I'd say don't do anything expensive.
That said, some cheap things that you should definitely do- paint (interior and exterior) and steam clean carpets/ clean the floors well, and just throw away stuff and garbage. That can make a big difference in the real world of selling.
Thanks a good luck,
I tend to agree with Judy and Kathy. Be very careful of investing too much money into upgrades that you may never see a return on in your final sales price. Price accordingly to the condition they are currently in. My own feeling is that serious buyers are more interested in "deals" than in newer kitchens, etc... And what if you pick some upgrades a particular buyer wouldn't chose themselves?
Get some professional opinions on the current values of the homes "as is" ("as are"?). In addition to being a Realtor, I am also a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser who has appraised close to 2,000 properties in the area. I live in Norfolk and know Medway quite well. I'd be happy to give you my professional opinion not only as a Realtor, but also as an Appraiser who tends to look at homes through the eyes of the bank that will eventually lend your buyers the money to purchase them.
Good luck with everything!
All My Best,
It's hard to make a recommendation about repairs, however, without seeing the properties. Real estate agents like myself, however, often have a database of investors who are just waiting for situations like you are describing. If you'd like me to take a look, I'd love to. Either way, I would highly recommend a couple of professional opinions.
Good question! I find that most buyers I work with want to purchase a property that they can move right into and not have to do any major repairs or renovations (in addition, I am not embarrassed to bring my buyers to see these properties. If I see pictures in the MLS of a home that needs. Depending on the price range your propery is in, you may want to do as many reasonably priced upgrades that your budget will allow without going overboard. The kitchens and baths should be your main focus. If you know someone who can make cosmetic upgrades for you (counter tops, tile, etc.), those can go a long way.
Hope that helps.
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