Home Remodels

Here’s How to Decide What to Remodel in Your Home

If you’re ready to sell your home but you know you need to do some remodeling first, how do you identify what needs to be done?

(Not sure if you need to remodel? Ask yourself these 2 questions to figure it out!) You don’t have to be a professional contractor or an interior designer to remodel your home—with some good information, the average person can have a successful home remodel!

When I’m trying to figure out what to remodel in a home, I first ask myself to identify all of the not-so-attractive things in the home and how they could be solved. Here are a few tips for doing this:

  • Consider Your Specific Home: First, you’ll want to consider what type of home you have. Let’s say you have a small Mid-Century home that definitely needs some work. I recommend heading over to Google and simply searching “Mid-Century home made modern.” What shows up in the images results? You’ll want to look for something that reminds you of your home, but looks new and remodeled! Look through as many photos as you can, find something you like, and identify each component of what improvements they made.
  • Get Outside Input: Since it might be hard to be unbiased, ask friends, family, or a real estate agent to offer their opinions! What would they look for in a home? What is your home lacking that potential buyers may require? (Is your kitchen missing a dishwasher? Does your shower desperately need an upgrade?)
  • Research Your Market: Look at recently sold home listings (and if possible, look at homes that sold for over asking price). What types of qualities and characteristics are evident in these homes? What does it take to sell a home in your market? (Brand new kitchen? Hardwood floors?)
  • What’s Trendy?: What’s going on in the world of interior design? Flip through some recent home design magazines, or spend some time on Pinterest or houzz to see what’s popular. (Hmm… no popcorn ceilings? Then it’s time to get rid of those!)

At this point, it will be important to carefully consider your budget. You definitely don’t want to go over budget! While you can always spend more and more and more making your home just perfect… it’s doesn’t always mean you’ll receive more in return. Read more about how to figure out how much to spend on your home remodel HERE!

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Matt Miner

Real estate guru and Seattle know-it-all


In everything that I do as your REALTOR®, I have one guiding principle in mind: To make certain that your home-buying or selling experience is a happy, successful, wonderful life experience! We build trust and security with our clients using knowledge and transparency.