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Update Don't Renovate to Sell Your Plymouth Home
If you're planning to sell your home, you'll want to get started on getting it ready to list. While your home will be competing with other Plymouth homes for sale, take a minute to evaluate changes that need to be made. Don't commit to expensive home remodeling projects when a simple update will do.

Our REALTORS® understand that when you're preparing your home for the market it's easy to go overboard. When you're ready, we can help you through the process. In the meantime, our best advice is Update, Don't Renovate.

  • Do your research
    Know what other properties in your area have to offer. The best way to do that is to view their online listing photos or visit during an open house. Check out their features and amenities. Look at their kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms. It will help you understand what you need to do to compete with other sellers.

  • Declutter, clean, and repair
    Before you convince yourself that you must have a costly overhaul, take care of the basics. Your home might look great once you open up your space and get everything looking fresh and clean.
    • Declutter indoors and out.
    • Eliminate excess furniture and decor.
    • Clean everything.
    • Remove unnecessary items off-premises (try temporary storage).
    • Take care of critical maintenance and repair tasks.
    • Hire a professional stager to give your interior an open spacious look.

  • Add a little paint
    If your interior spaces are still a bit dreary, try painting the walls. Use brightening neutral colors.

  • DIY your landscape to up your curb appeal
    A well-tended landscape is critical to seller-attracting curb appeal. You don't have to spend thousands on new trees, plants, and shrubs. Just spend some weekend DIY time outdoors.
    • Seed worn patches in your lawn.
    • Keep your grass mowed and edged.
    • Trim your shrubs and cut back dead leaves and branches.
    • Add a bed of colorful flowers.

  • Calculate the return on investment
    If you still think a new bathroom or kitchen will help you sell faster, do the ROI numbers. Sites like can help you gauge how much of your remodeling investment you're likely to recoup when you sell your home.

    Avoid major kitchen, bedroom, and outdoor deck renovations. They might make your home look fantastic, but they won't necessarily attract buyers and you might lose money.

  • Consider smaller improvements instead
    If you feel a change will make your home more attractive to buyers, consider making small obvious changes such as a new entry door, colorful exterior paint trim, or attic insulation. These minor changes will add beauty, safety, and energy-saving elements that may impress home buyers more than an expensive new bathtub.

Your REALTORS® in Plymouth

Contact us at Remerica Hometown REALTORS® when you're thinking about buying or selling a home in one of our local communities. Our real estate agents are ready with professional real estate advice to cover everything from pre-listing to closing day.