Prioritize Your Efforts: What to Address and What to Let Go When Selling Your Home

The Spring Market is quickly approaching, with many people gearing up to list their homes. Selling your house can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially when you’re concerned with what potential buyers might think. The fear of judgment is common, but focusing on presenting your home in the best possible light without unnecessary expenses is crucial. Here’s a guide from our top agents on The One Team to help you decide what to fix and what you can overlook:

1. Cosmetic Flaws:

While some cosmetic issues like fresh paint or landscaping can enhance your home’s appearance, not all flaws require immediate attention. Minor issues such as cracked tiles or outdated finishes may not be deal-breakers. Focus on simple fixes that make a big impact without breaking the bank. Simple fixes can include:

  • Minor Drywall Patches
  • Faucet Replacement
  • Fix a sticking window
  • Electrical switch plates 
  • Caulk tubs and showers
  • Front entrance clean up
  • Replace carpet
  • Landscape mulch 

2. Minor Electrical Issues:

Safety hazards like old wiring or exposed wires demand prompt attention, but minor electrical problems like loose outlet plugs may not be as critical. Inspection reports often note such issues, but they may not significantly affect the sale.

3. Driveway or Walkway Cracks:

Buyers generally prioritize curb appeal, but hairline cracks in driveways or walkways are usually not a major concern. Concentrate on simple landscaping and exterior updates to enhance your home’s overall appeal.

4. Grandfathered-in Building Code Issues:

Homes built to code standards of their time are typically considered “grandfathered-in” and may not require updates to current standards. Building code violations are common, and not all need immediate correction to sell your home.

5. Partial Room Upgrades:

Incomplete upgrades can actually detract from your home’s appeal. If you don’t have the time or budget to complete a remodel, it might be better to leave it as is. Partial upgrades can make it seem like you’re hiding something rather than enhancing your home.

6. Removable Items:

Consider removing worn or dated items instead of replacing them such as, blinds, drapes, area rugs, bathroom mirrors, doors, especially if they are easy to take down. In some cases, leaving certain items behind might complicate the sale.

7. Old Appliances:

While brand-new appliances can add value, it’s not always necessary to splurge on top-of-the-line options. If your appliances are old and worn, consider cost-effective alternatives like used appliances that still present a well-maintained image.

When preparing your home for sale, focus on showcasing its potential rather than aiming for perfection. Seek the guidance of an experienced real estate agent to create a tailored fix and do-not-fix list. Remember, understanding what matters most to potential buyers can help you make informed decisions without overspending. If you’re unsure, Connect with one of our agents on The One Team, we are here to help.

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