Home ImprovementSelling Your Home December 16, 2022

Should You Fix Up Your Home Before Selling

Homeowners deciding to sell their home can wonder if they should fix up their house before selling it or allow a potential buyer to do the updates and remodeling. Whether you decide to repair your house before selling it or go straight to the market as-is, each decision has pros and cons. 

Consider the Current Market Conditions

The most imperative thing to consider is the current market conditions. During the pandemic, homes were selling like hotcakes. The real estate market was exploding due to record-low mortgage rates. Now with a rise in mortgage rates, buyers’ demand has moderated. Therefore, as a seller in the current market, updating your home can help cultivate more buyers for your home, and consequently, you may get a higher sale price.

Will the Repairs and Improvements Increase my Home Value?

When selling a home, it’s important to remember that you will likely have to spend money on repairs to get top dollar for your home. However, the main question from homeowners is, will these repairs improve my home’s value? There is no definitive answer. Some repairs will undoubtedly increase the value of your home more than others, but it depends on the individual property and the market at the time of sale. Generally speaking, however, making any repair will usually result in a higher selling price than if the property were to be sold “as is.”

Popular Home Improvements 

Making minor repairs around the house will go a long way, although it is good to remember that not all repairs are necessary. Here are a few of the most popular home improvements that may increase the value of a property:

  • Paint and Flooring: A fresh coat of paint and new flooring will almost always increase the value of a house.
  • Kitchen Upgrades: Replacing old appliances, countertops, cabinets, and fixtures may significantly improve the value of a home.
  • Bathroom Upgrades: Installing new tiles or fixtures can help add extra appeal to the home’s bathrooms.
  • Landscaping Improvements: Curb appeal is significant when selling a home, so adding landscaping improvements can make all the difference.

Ultimately, deciding whether to fix up your house before selling it or sell now as-is is an individual decision that depends on various factors such as market conditions and budget. If selling your home as-is without making any repairs, make sure you are transparent with potential buyers. Tell them what they can expect when they buy the house, and be sure to have a realistic price point in mind. 

To sum it up, homeowners deciding whether to repair their homes before sale must consider the current market conditions and potential for improvement in value. While some repairs will undoubtedly increase the price of a property, other repairs may be unnecessary, depending on each case. It is essential to consult with a real estate professional who can analyze current market conditions and provide guidance on how best to sell your home. Contact me today for more information on how I can help you through this process!