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What Not to Fix When Selling a Home

If you’re about to sell your home, you may be wondering if there are any fixes you need to make first. But, before you start compiling your fix list, here are some things that may not be worth tackling. 

Cosmetic flaws

Wear and tear is to be expected in homes, so there’s no need to address most cosmetic flaws unless there are serious underlying issues causing them. Whether it’s a few scratches on the floors or outdated bathroom finishes, take some time to determine which issues to address based on how much time and money they’ll take to fix.

Major cosmetic issues – like new countertops, vanities, or cabinetry – can wait. You may be better off lowering your price accordingly instead of investing in the upgrade. Other items like taming, adding, or removing landscaping are simple fixes that can instantly change the home’s immediate appeal.

Driveway or walkway cracks

Cracks in driveways or sidewalks are extremely common and won’t scare off a buyer (unless it is a potential hazard). There are much simpler ways to improve the immediate appearance of your home – like washing the siding, power washing grime off of a concrete driveway or sidewalk, or trimming back landscaping.

Minor electrical issues

Electrical issues can sound serious and you may think they need fixing right away. That can be true if there are exposed wires, sparking outlets, dangling light fixtures, or outdated wiring/breakers. 

An inspection will reveal any electrical issues that need to be fixed. It will also note wobbly sockets or similar defects.

Partial room upgrades

If your bathroom sink & vanity are outdated, it may be tempting to put in a new vanity, sink, and faucet. But, it may be wiser to leave it be unless you’re willing to upgrade the whole bathroom.

Buyers may see a brand new vanity in an overall outdated bathroom and think you may have replaced it because of a plumbing issue. Or, they may not like the vanity choice you made (even though it’s brand new) and replace it again. So, if you have an outdated room that you want to facelift, it’s a good idea to upgrade the whole room or leave it be.

Grandfathered-in building code issues

Building codes can cause worries when they show up in inspection reports. But, building codes change, so a house built in 1950 may not meet current codes, and that’s OK. 

Inspectors will address codes in their inspection reports, but sellers may not have to update the house to current standards because the home is grandfathered in. 

Ask a local agent

It may be tempting to fix & upgrade things before listing your home, but be sure to confer with a local agent before making any changes. Every home, neighborhood, and market is different, so talk to an agent who is an expert in the local market.

Team Melton has over 50 combined years of real estate experience to assist you through every step of the process. Contact us today to get started on selling your home!


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