If you spend $5000 working under the house, you can consider that money to be mostly a gift for the next owner. If instead you can spend that money for beautification like exterior paint, carpets, new lawns and a white picket fence around the front, you’ll not only be’ in harmony with Webster, but you’ll also be adding sizzle items that both buyers and renters are willing to pay you for!
REMEMBER: Fix-up specialists are not remodeler’s, so don’t try to be one! Like I always say, you wouldn’t be happy with the money they earn. Playing house and remodeling tends to go together. Things like splitting up big rooms to gain an additional bedroom or dining room – also, making the kitchen bigger, expanding the bathroom or changing the hallway around seldom pays off. If you’ll stop to think about these schemes, they are generally a matter of preference or taste. More often than not, two people could never agree on rooms or configurations anyway. You’ll be money ahead if you keep things simple! Leave the house alone and simply clean it up and fix what needs fixing!
Fiddling around with the walls and room sizes can throw a house out of balance! For example: Changing a two bedroom house to three bedrooms likely means more people will live there. You might need more heat, cooling and electrical circuits. The bathroom and kitchen may be too small for larger families. Just one change could have a ripple effect. If you need more power and more heat – those things could easily cost more than any benefits you’ll gain.