What Updates/Repairs should we do before Listing?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

 

 

Should I paint and replace the carpet or sell the home like it is?     Many Sellers ask these questions, and always recommend to get this done prior to listing.   These two items make such an impression when buyers walk in the door.     It gives the home a "face-lift", and smells good.

 

 

Some other items that would make great impressions for buyers -

  • old bath tubs - re glazing
  • bath tub re-caulking
  • outdated lighting in kitchen, baths and hallways replaced
  • old wrought iron railings getting a new coat of paint
  • old appliances replaced

 

I showed a property yesterday that I am not sure I would have put on the market looking the way it did.   The whole home needed paint, the wood trim throughout the entire home needed TLC, burgundy carpet and the whole house was dirty, and smelled dirty.

 

After all, buyers will "guesstimate" way too high for what it would truly cost to do minor updating.    In fact, by doing a few things to update your home, you could see many more dollars in return at closing.    I have seen bath tubs that should be replaced, but a company could come out and re-glaze the tub to make it look brand new.   Is the caulking around the tub dark or ugly?    Replacing old and outdated lighting in the bathroom, kitchen and hallways help also.

 

I have seen the "old wrought railings" from the 70's get spray painted a copper color and they look like they are from the new century!     Old appliances are wise to have replaced with new ones too.

 

 

Not all dollars spent on updating will be seen on the bottom line, but even though our market has done a small shift, homeowners would be much better off getting some of these items done BEFORE listing.    Most buyers I have worked with either want the home absolutely ready to move in, or they are looking for a fixer where they can do the repairs, but also want it for the best price.

 

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

My answer to the question would be "all of them". Of course that isn't possible for every seller, however it's going to cost more in the long run if you don't do the improvements prior to listing.

Feb 06, 2019 08:24 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Joan, these are all smart for sellers to do and unless they want to sell for less they should take your advice. Buyers who are looking to do some work aren't going to pay top dollar. Great post!

Feb 06, 2019 09:11 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Joan. This is an excellent list of things and could be a handout to sellers.

Feb 06, 2019 09:40 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Gwen Fowler-864-916-2019 SC Mountains Lakes Homes
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
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Great tips. Thanks for sharing them. Some of the items may be just maintenance issues that have been neglected and addressing those before listing saves many headaches. 

Feb 06, 2019 09:55 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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Ha! I've actually witnessed a buyer who walked into the kitchen with hands on hips proclaiming "It will cost $25,000 to paint this house."

This little 1,500 square-foot house.

Feb 06, 2019 10:16 AM #20
Rainmaker
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

I previewed a home for potential buyers last weekend. Beautiful home and lot priced at $499K.  They wanted a video, so I was doing the basement and garage separate as they were disgusting. Perhaps water damage in basement and mold. I would not have put this on the market until the basement was cleaned out and painted and tested for mold. Same for the garage.  It amazed me that such a beautiful home was still on the market... now I know why.

Feb 06, 2019 10:17 AM #21
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Joan... sometimes I feel like a broken record because when I'm suggesting updates to sellers it's always all or some of the items on this list. Goes to show why you can't ever make a good second impression.

Feb 06, 2019 12:09 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Feb 06, 2019 12:31 PM #23
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joan- while it would be nice for a seller to do them all, not everyone has it in their budget or even wants to. The things you mentioned though are fairly cost effective and can go a long way in freshening a home. 

Feb 06, 2019 04:39 PM #24
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, at minimum, carpet and paint are good choices.

Feb 07, 2019 06:47 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sharon, that is my conversation too, eliminate any reason a buyer wouldn't want to write.  Make it as appealing as possible.

Feb 07, 2019 06:47 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Amanda, thank you, and you are so correct.

Feb 07, 2019 06:48 AM #27
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheila, I have another sheet for homeowners to go over when I walk the home.

Feb 07, 2019 06:48 AM #28
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gwen, I so agree, and also makes the inspection period a bit easier too.

Feb 07, 2019 06:49 AM #29
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Elizabeth, that is exactly what I relay to my potential Sellers!!!!

Feb 07, 2019 06:50 AM #30
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor® we do get calls from buyers wondering why homes linger on the market, especially when the photos are so beautiful.   When you view the home, it becomes more evident why, as you found out!   Those items should have been done PRIOR to listing! 

Feb 07, 2019 06:51 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, that is exactly, make a first impression and buyers will write without hesitation.

Feb 07, 2019 06:51 AM #32
Rainmaker
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, I am very detailed when it comes to walking a home prepaaring for the market.

Feb 07, 2019 06:52 AM #33
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, that is true, some don't have the extra cash, but sure it less costly than price reductions.

Feb 07, 2019 06:53 AM #34
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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We look at the "optimum" and the minimum....and price accordingly.

Feb 18, 2019 06:02 AM #35
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