A question asked quite a bit by home sellers is what improvements do I need to make my home ready for sale? Do I really need to change the carpet or will shampooing it do just as well? What about remodeling the kitchen and baths? That roof is about 15 years old now and looking a little worn, couldn't I just give an allowance? Besides if I give an allowance, say for carpet, then the new buyer will get to pick out the colors they like.
There are two answers to what homeowners should do about deferred maintenance on their house prior to selling. And each answer comes down to how much money do you want to net? Fresh carpet and paint for the cost of the materials and labor will always net you more than if you give an allowance. To NOT do the maintenance and give an allowance will give you less net on the house, but it does provide you the CONVENIENCE to get the heck away from that dog.
So with homeowners it is all about what is most important to them. Deferred maintenance comes back to bite you with energy, time and money. So it's really a case of pay me now or pay me later.