Our project list for 2021 no longer looks like a kitchen remodel or complete reconfiguration of the mud room or adding a bunch of box trim to the entry or any of the other projects we’ve mapped out here. Instead, we’ve turned our focus to what we feel we need to do before listing our house. I got a really great question on Instagram yesterday about the topic:
“What types of projects make sense to still go ahead with in a home once you decide to move? In other words what will you get your money back on and what would just be a waste investment. Going through this process as we’re deciding to move….”
This is going to vary state to state and market to market, to be honest. It also depends on what you may have already done in your home! We’ve already invested so much, at this point it doesn’t make sense for us to invest more money that we won’t get back into this home before moving in a few months. We already won’t get back what we’ve put in, although since this is our job, our situation is a little bit different. This is also a seller’s market, so while we have been looking at a new home to purchase, our realtor has explained that a lot of sellers aren’t doing the things that they would need to do to sell their home in a normal market. While you may not need to renovate your entire kitchen, maybe consider swapping out the lighting and faucets! Fresh paint around the house and clean baseboards and floors go a long way (refinish or refresh your floors and shampoo your carpet!). My sister was looking at a house and wanted to buy it based on the front door! And that can be just a couple hundred dollars–an easy swap that will definitely pay off! A lot of times these things will not only improve your sale price, but the speed at which your home will sell.
Our to-do list before we move is below. It’s a little more in depth and definitely specific to our home (since we’re used to taking you along for the ride for our projects). Most of it involves finishing what we started–which is always recommended. Haha
• Fill holes
• Touch up paint
• Add vent registers (I don’t know whyyyyyyyy this is taking so long)
• Install whole home water filter (something we ordered already)
• Remove wallpaper
• Skim walls
• Limewash walls
• Paint laundry cabinets
Entry/Home Office/Bonus room?
• Add covers to floor outlets
• Check balusters and secure any that may be loose
• Swap out front door handleset
• Finish drywall
• Hang and paint new doors
• Add Flooring to the new closet
• Make sure new Lighting/Electrical is wired
• Add trim and baseboards
• Prime and paint
• Rehang credenza and replace the top that’s currently a split piece of plywood.
• Replace faucets & potfiller (we spray-painted these and while we aren’t doing a new kitchen anymore, this feels like something we should update for the sale price of our home).
• Patch tile under arch cabinet where a base cabinet used to be
• Tighten any loose cabinet doors
• Replace window– the only window in the house that isn’t new, so we’re going to replace it to match.
• Add pocket door hardware to bathroom doors
• Add vacuum port cover back on central vac system
• Paint trim
• Neutralize this space a little bit. We made all of the girls’ rooms for them so they are naturally more girly, but Greta’s room is perhaps the least so–the wallpaper even has some insects! So, I’m going to stage this room a little more gender neutral.
Basement Bathroom: maybe a room you’ve never seen? It’s fine, but there are a few things I want to do to bring it up to par with the rest of our home.
• Swap out faucet, sink, light, mirror, and towel holder
• Add trim to windows
• Install seals above doors
• Install new handleset on exterior door
And then clean up, declutter and stage and…I’m sure I’m forgetting something! We’ll continue bringing you along for these projects! So stick around.