Improve or sell as is!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

I am amazed by the amount of homes listed in our local market that are in need of basic improvements that wouldn't cost the seller very much, and am interested in points of views from agents about recommending improvements before listing the home. 

I'm not talking major renovations here.  I'm talking about basic improvements such as removing dated wallpaper, repainting the interior with neutral paint, replacing worn carpet, changing the kitchen countertops to granite, and so forth.

So the question is...  What's the best recommendation to today's home seller?  Market the house in its current condition at low price or, invest in basic home improvements and hope to get a higher price?


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Brian Faulkner
Pine Island Realty - Bokeelia, FL

I find that being tough with a smile works wonders.  I try to tell sellers the truth.  In todays market, buyers rule and they want to steal something.  You can either leave the home as it is and they will deduct for what they "think" improvements will cost, which will be at least double actual cost, or do it yourself.  If you do it yourself you will give them less to worry about, make them feel like they could move right in and have a much better position when it comes to price negotiations. 

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