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Don’t Over Improve Your House Before You Sell

Real Estate Sales Representative with Sutton Group Summit

If you're considering selling your house, you might be tempted to sink some money into home improvements. After all, gleaming new hardwood floors or a stunning wrap-around deck will make your property sell a lot faster, and for more money. And you'll more than recover your investment with the higher selling price. Right?

Maybe not. While those types of upgrades will certainly make your house more attractive to potential buyers - and may nudge the selling price up a little – you may not recoup all of your costs.

That's why major home improvements should be done for your own personal enjoyment, not as a tactic for preparing your property for sale.

So what types of upgrades do make sense? The good news is that the home improvement projects that are most likely to help sell your house are also the cheapest to implement. If you're planning on selling your house, consider doing the following:

  • Paint
  • Make repairs
  • Remove stains
  • Trim hedges
  • De-clutter
  • Plant flowers
  • Improve lighting

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Jeannie Steele
Townsend, MT

Marina- great post.   I just listed a home where they framed the windows in Mahogany $500 dollars a window! Yikes!!

Mar 08, 2016 09:55 PM
Joyce Marsh
Joyce Marsh Real Estate LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Joyce Marsh Homes

Making the right improvements can reap huge benefits. Sellers would be wise to consult with a Real Estate professional prior to making any changes.

Mar 08, 2016 09:55 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Marina Gavrylyuk those few items for improvements are a wise list for guidance.... decks cost thousands of dollars today...that's not a good investment before selling...

Mar 08, 2016 10:21 PM