Seller Tips

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Executive Realty PB58608359

I am often asked what is the best return on my investment for fixing my home up prior to sale?

Without a doubt paint and carpet!  Never give just a carpet allowance.  it makes your home sound bad in the MLS, and you don't get the impact of it showing great when you sell.  It is almost a waste of money to offer an allowance, since buyers will take it and ask for a substantial reduction.  And with paint, go neutral!  Forget all those fancy-rich colors. 

Comments (4)

Mike Mueller
Tech and Social Media Consultant - Walnut Creek, CA

Hi Bill-

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Aug 29, 2007 01:21 PM
Peter M . Christopher
Fairfield County Home Inspection LLC - Fairfield, CT
Residential & Commercial Inspections in
Welcome to A/R. You will find this is a great place to network
Aug 29, 2007 01:48 PM
Darrel Quebedeaux
Evergreen Realty & Associates Inc. - Newport Coast, CA
I agree with you, paint and carpet are cheap things that have great impact.  Makes a place look fresh.
Aug 29, 2007 06:11 PM
Susan Waddle
J. Jones and Company - Fort Myers, FL

Hire a professional STAGER!  For the money, it works.  Different area's have different needs.  Good to see you on Active Rain!

Sep 10, 2010 07:10 AM