What Updates/Repairs should we do before Listing?

Reblogger Gabe Sanders
Real Estate Agent with Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales 3090099

Some excellent tips for those preparing their homes to sell:


Original content by Joan Cox 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  • outdated lighting in kitchen, baths and hallways replaced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    Replacing old and outdated lighting in the bathroom, kitchen and hallways help also.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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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for reblogging the post. I will bookmark it and share with others

Feb 18, 2019 03:04 AM #1
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Gabe, thank you for the reblog, and hope some homeowners in your area will read it.

Feb 18, 2019 05:39 AM #2
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Great choice for a reblog my friend, I recall reading this post from Joan Cox and she definitely knows what needs to be done!

Feb 18, 2019 05:56 AM #3
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

We look at the "optimum" and the minimum....and price accordingly.

Feb 18, 2019 06:01 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

This was a great post by Joan, Gabe. There are always things in a home that should be addressed prior to listing and others that need a bit more thought as to payback... often sellers think they'll be getting 100% of their investment back. And we know they don't. 

Feb 18, 2019 07:51 AM #5
Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

Excellent re-blog.  A house face-lift is always a good idea to help you sell as long as you don't go in the red doing so.  

Feb 18, 2019 08:58 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Gabe, for sharing this excellent reblog selection.

Feb 18, 2019 11:38 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Gabe - the paint and carpet are wonderful starting points.  Joan did a nice job explaining what makes an impression.

Feb 18, 2019 03:37 PM #8
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my re-blog.

Mar 06, 2019 08:35 AM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for your comments. It’s always good to hear from you.

Mar 06, 2019 08:35 AM #10
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