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What Repairs/Updates Should you do Prior to Listing?

Reblogger Kay Van Kampen
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX 1999033519

Should I update or sell my home AS IS?

Read what Joan Cox recommends.

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 getting 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 bathtubs - reglazing (especially with chips)
  • bathtub re-caulking
  • outdated lighting in kitchen, baths and hallways replaced
  • old wrought iron railings getting a new coat of paint
  • old appliances replaced
  • have your furnace and A/C cleaned/serviced
  • have your roof checked out


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 bathtubs 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    Replacing old and outdated lighting in the bathroom, kitchen and hallways help also.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. (hopefully they are available)



Not all dollars spent on updating will be seen on the bottom line, but in our current market, there will be many more offers to choose from if you do! 





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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

Feb 22, 2022 06:57 AM
Kay Van Kampen

Joan Cox writes great articles.  Thank you and have a great day.

Feb 22, 2022 07:11 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kay, thank you for the reblog, and many homeowners are contemplating this very question.

Feb 22, 2022 07:00 AM
Kay Van Kampen

Thank you Joan.  

Feb 22, 2022 07:11 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

A post well worthy of a re-blog.  Joan did a good job with this when she first posted it

Feb 22, 2022 07:36 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kay and thanks for sharing this great information with us here in the Rain.  Make it a great day!

Feb 22, 2022 08:42 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Feb 24, 2022 02:14 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Our buyer pool has certain exceptions. I the house does not meet those expectations, it will sell for less. Most of our buyers want turn-key house. There is a market for houses that need upgrading, but those house will sell for less. Investing in repairs and upgrades still makes sense.

Jul 16, 2022 06:11 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Expert
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

some good ideas here to pass on to any sellers.  

Aug 22, 2022 08:01 AM