10 Things Worth Spending Some Money on To Sell Your House

Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker, Momentum Realty

Yesterday, I wrote a blog entitled, 
Ten Cheap Ways to Prepare Your House for Sale.

 There are definitely some things, however, that it is worth spending some money on (provided you have it). Most of these you will get back in the sales price or in the speed with which your house sells.

You might not think any of these things is s a big deal, but working extensively with buyers, I can assure you that these things get mentioned all the time!


  1. Remove Wallpaper: You don't want to do it and neither do the buyers. Even if it is nice, and neutral, it often becomes an objection.
  2. Paint the interior:  A freshly painted house presents well. Do it yourself (but don't do a sloppy job--or don't bother) or hire someone, but do it.
  3. Replace the carpet: Most sellers object to this, 'But the buyer is likely to rip it out.'  Do it anyway. It makes a difference--and most of the time they don't rip it out for a number of years.
  4. Update the light fixtures: No more Hollywood lights in the bathrooms or brass 5-arm chandeliers in the kitchen. These scream 'builder basic,' and buyers hate them. The big-box hardware stores offer inexpensive contemporary lighting. It is worth the investment.
  5. Get the HVAC systems serviced: Even if you don't do this regularly, do it before listing your home. This will give buyers assurance that your system is in good shape.
  6. Replace damaged exterior trim:  Wood trim rots--it is a fact of life. If you have wood trim on your home, replace any damaged trim prior to listing your house.
  7. Clean and Stain the Deck: If you have a deck, make sure it is clean and in good condition--even if the wood is old.
  8. Fix up the bathrooms: It is worth getting someone in to skim the tile, to make sure the grout is in good condition, and replace the caulking. If you are handy, you can do this yourself. If you are not, it is worth spending the money.
  9. Freshen the Landscaping: Remove overgrown trees and shrubs, plant annuals for color (if seasonally appropriate) and re-mulch.
  10. Make sure the basics are working: If you have broken light switches or doors that don't work properly, hire a handy-man (or the appropriate specialist contractor) to fix these items. You might be used to the work around, but buyers will be put off by these deficiencies.
It is often painful to invest additional money in a home that you are selling, but if you spend your money wisely, your investment will help you sell your home quickly and for more money.

Consult a local Realtor for information about what buyers in your area--and price range--expect to see in a home for sale.

If I can help you assess your Northern Virginia home, feel free to contact me!
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Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond

Holly, one of the best investments is removing the wall paper and dirty carpeting...so important & a great share.

Nov 29, 2011 11:25 PM #1
June Piper-Brandon
Long & Foster Hampden - Baltimore, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

Holly, I think you've hit all the important things that most buyers find important - especially the wallpaper.  Whether or not it's fashionable or nicely done most buyers don't like wallpaper at all and as a Realtor you can always gift your potential seller a coupon from Lowe's to help soften the blow of any would be repairs through the Realtor Benefits program and you look like a hero!!

Nov 29, 2011 11:25 PM #2
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Holly - I have a great country listing now but can not show great interior pictures because there is wallpaper in every room.  My Christmas wish is that they would finally decide to get rid of it, but it would be a major and dirty job to do that in a huge home so the wall paper just keeps hanging around!

Nov 29, 2011 11:34 PM #3
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

A well maintained and clean home will always sell faster, I hope your sellers listen to you and ultimately put a few more dollars in their pockets.

Nov 29, 2011 11:40 PM #4
Lori Gardiner
RE/MAX River's Edge - Bristol, RI

HI Holly,

Great post and tips!  I do share these suggestions with all my Sellers.  It does help!

Happy holidays!

Nov 29, 2011 11:47 PM #5
Coastal Estate Team
RE/MAX Elite - Melbourne, FL
Bridget Sentz & Carolyn Smith

Hi Holly, What a super list!  It surprises me how many beautiful homes have worn and stained carpet.  We all know it isn't easy to change out with furniture in place, but definitely worth the extra effort.

Nov 30, 2011 12:20 AM #6
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

I simply couldn't agree more, Holly!  Like you mention, it is difficult to spend money on the home you are trying to sell but if you want to stand out and command top dollar then you MUST do the items on your list.

Nov 30, 2011 07:21 AM #7
Justin Dibbs
Pearson Smith Realty - Ashburn, VA
REALTOR® - Ashburn Virginia Homes for Sale

That's a great list, espcially cleaning and staining the deck.  It can make older wood look sooooo much better to a potemtial buyer.

Nov 30, 2011 08:46 AM #8
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