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If you’re selling your house, you want to get top dollar, but to do that, you often need to make some updates or repairs. Ah, but those fixes cost money and it can be tricky to know what’s worth fixing versus what doesn’t add enough value to justify the price. Here’s a little help. Check out this list of what to leave off your to-do list when preparing to sell your home.

Preparing Your Home for Sale? Here’s What to Fix and What to Nix:

What Not to Worry About

  1. Dealing with Cosmetic Damage

If it’s easy to touch up, then by all means go right ahead, but surface issues like scuffs and scratches on floors or paint that’s chipped and peeling are considered easy fixes and will likely not scare potential buyers away. 

A solid structure with no electrical or plumbing problems is far more important to seal the deal. As a result, cosmetic problems are typically overlooked so you don’t need to waste time or energy fixing them. 

  1. Updating Kitchens and Baths 

Some people love granite, while others prefer marble. Some may like a retro look, while others want more of a cottage feel. With all the home decor options out there, it’s hard to know what buyers are looking for, so believe it or not, if these key areas of your home are outdated, it’s actually okay. The majority of buyers have in mind what their dream kitchens and baths look like and often plan on remodeling no matter what.  

  1. Selecting a Trendy Shade of Paint 

Sure, a fresh coat of paint is a cost-effective fix that may help your home’s appearance, but it’s important to stick with neutrals. Paint color trends come and go, so choosing the latest craze can end up looking dated, and besides, it may not appeal to everyone. This goes hand-in-hand with not worrying about cosmetic changes since most buyers will want to repaint according to their own tastes anyway.     

  1. Taking a Partial Approach

If you’re only able to fix things halfway, don’t bother. When a room has some updated features and some not, guess what? It’s the outdated stuff that gets noticed. If you can’t do it up all the way, don’t do it! 

  1. Outshining Your Neighbors

Of course, you want your house to look great and stand out, but if you renovate so much that it’s beyond what’s normal for the neighborhood, it’s less likely that you’ll attract the typical buyers for your area. Don’t overdo it or your house will be harder to sell. This is a case where less is more!

What’s Worth It

When preparing to sell your home, a general rule of thumb is to fix major issues that could pose safety hazards or that can interfere with the home functioning properly — broken appliances and leaky roofs, for example, are definitely worth fixing. There are also plenty of low-cost and easy things you can do to make your house more presentable and appealing. 

Declutter – Tidying up your house eliminates distractions and helps buyers to see the space better.

Deep clean – Clean your house thoroughly, inside and out. A little elbow grease goes a long way! 

Don’t forget about curb appeal – The sale starts before buyers even get in the door so be sure to spruce up your landscaping to make your house look more inviting. If your home looks good from the outside, you’re more likely to get buyers across the threshold. 

Set the stage – Buyers want to picture themselves living in the house so taking the time to stage your home is well worth the effort. A plate of cookies on the counter, potted flowers on the porch, and furniture placement that shows off functionality, storage, and special features are all great ways to stage your home for a quick sale. Remember, though, to keep things pared down and pack away personal items.  

Want to Prepare Your Home For Sale Without Any Fixes At All?

If you’re looking to sell quickly or don’t have the time or money to invest in making any fixes, consider selling to a real estate investor and skip repairs altogether! Renewed Homes purchases homes in any condition — no repairs, changes, or upgrades required. For a fair offer based on your home’s market value, reach out to our team today!

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