Selling your home can seem like an endless list of things to repair, replace, and clean, but you’d be surprised at what Buyers are willing to overlook when searching for their next home.
Cleaning, staging, and landscaping are top of the ‘must-do’ list when but there are a few things you can get away with that may even be more beneficial to the buyers if they aren’t completed.
And the best part is that you won’t feel like you’re trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the buyers.
Here are our top 4 things that you don’t need to fix when selling your home:
The majority of Buyers expect to see some normal wear and tear in a home; the odd scuff or scratch mark on a wall or floor is not as big of a deal as you may think.
If you’re handy and have the time to fix these small flaws, then by all means, but, we don’t recommend spending a fortune to have them repaired, especially if they are outdated, as the Buyer will likely want to replace them altogether.
Minor Electrical Issues
While this sounds extremely serious, we’re referring to things such as light fixtures that lead to nowhere or sockets that wiggle a little.
If you have exposed wires or something more serious, then it definitely needs to be fixed prior to listing your home, and for your own safety!
Partial Room Upgrades
If you have a room or two that is fairly outdated and needs some minor repairs (leaky faucet, cracked countertop, scuffed flooring), you want to leave this as is, chances are the Buyer will want to renovate the entire room.
It could be a waste of your time and money to replace a faucet or countertop while leaving outdated flooring and cabinetry.
Remember, a partial remodel rarely looks good and many will view it thinking it requires a full remodel so it’s best to leave this to your Buyers to renovate as they wish.
Rather than removing old appliances and leaving empty spaces, you will need to replace them.
However, you don’t need to replace them with top-of-the-line new appliances. You can replace them with used appliances that are in good working and cosmetic conditions.
Most buyers would prefer to see clean, working appliances than none at all.
If you’re thinking about selling your home and worried that you’ll have a long to-do list of projects to get it ready for market, don’t panic just yet, there are plenty of ways to maintain or increase the value of your home that won’t cost a fortune.
Contact us to come take a look and give you a few ideas on how you can ready your home for market in the fastest, most affordable way possible.
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