Selling 26 June 2024

Should You Fix It or Leave It? A Guide to Prepping Your Home for Sale

When you’re preparing your home for sale, you obviously want your property to look its best for buyers. That means fixing things that are broken, and, possibly, making a few improvements.


But, how do you decide whether to invest in fixing or improving something versus just leaving it as is?


Say, for example, the walls throughout your home are a bit faded. (They’ve gone through a lot of living!) You can get all the dents and holes filled and repaint the entire place. That would definitely make a huge difference in how your property looks to buyers. Or, you can choose NOT to do that project in the hopes your home will “show” well regardless.


There are a few things to consider before making that decision:

  • How much will the fix or improvement cost?
  • How much better will your home look to buyers?
  • Will the fix or improvement help sell your home faster?
  • Will the fix or improvement help sell your home for a higher price?


Once you have those answers, you’ll be in a much better position to make that decision.


By the way, painting is almost always a smart move when preparing your property for sale. The impact can be dramatic, and the cost is relatively low.


Related: Instant Home Improvement: Budget-Friendly Tips for a Fresh Look



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Susan Moffat, REALTOR® with Century 21 In-Studio Realty Inc., Brokerage