The Real Estate Browser Volume 10, Issue 6 - Page 40

40 — Say you saw it in The Real Estate Browser of Lynchburg — Volume 10 Number 6 www.LynchburgRealEstateBrowser.com Should You Do Home Upgrades Now ... or Right Before You Sell? by Cathie Ericson Home sellers are often told to make upgrades to their house before they sell ... but when is the best time to get those home improvements underway, in terms of scoring the best ROI? It’s a tough balance to strike. After all, the sooner you remodel your kitchen or retile the bathroom, the more you’ll get to enjoy it all yourself. But if you make those improvements too long before you sell, you risk them looking run-down and outdated by the time you want to market your home. So, when’s the right time to give the green light? If you’re agonizing over such questions, we can end your misery now—in a good way! Here’s how far in advance of listing your home you should do certain home improvements, so they’ll still look fresh enough to fetch top dol- lar. 7 to 10 years out Well, you’re quite a planner, aren’t you? That’s cool … we’ll play the long game with you. Here are upgrades you can safely under- take when you still have significant time until your sale. 1. Redo your landscaping This is truly one of the few housing proj- ects that gets better with age, since shrubs and trees only improve as they mature. And, bonus: It’s likely that it will never look dated, says Lisa Shiroff of Leafy Green Landscaping in Buena, NJ. However, she cautions, think twice about unique or difficult-to-maintain