Selling a Home

Home Repairs You Should NOT Do Before Listing Your Home

Home renovation
Home renovation

If you’re planning to sell your home, it’s important to present it in the best possible light. While home repairs and improvements can help increase your home’s value and make it more attractive to potential buyers, there are some repairs that you should avoid doing before listing your home. Here are a few examples:

Major Renovations

While a fresh coat of paint or some new landscaping can improve your home’s curb appeal, major renovations like adding a room or remodeling a kitchen can be costly and time-consuming. Unless your home is in dire need of such renovations, it’s usually best to leave them to the new owners.

Home renovation and repairs

Space themed bedroom

Personalized Features

If you’ve added personalized features to your home, like a custom-built entertainment center or a themed children’s room, it may not appeal to everyone. While you may love these features, potential buyers may see them as a liability and it could negatively impact the perceived value of the home.

Certain Cosmetic Repairs

Small cosmetic repairs like fixing a leaky faucet or filling a hole in the wall are generally a good idea, but don’t go overboard. Trying to fix every single small flaw in your home can be a waste of time and money, and buyers may not even notice or care about these minor issues.

Problems with home repair, instructions and service and freaking out

High end bathroom with large white bathtub and shiplap siding.

Expensive Upgrades

Upgrading to the latest and greatest technology or adding high-end finishes may be tempting, but unless you can recoup the cost in the sale of your home, it’s best to hold off. Buyers may not be willing to pay more for these upgrades, and it could end up hurting your bottom line.

Also note: Certain upgrades will add virtually no value to your home. Going for the costly upgrade on the windows to get the super, mega-window 5000 as opposed to just a simple, quality window is likely to go unnoticed by buyers and draw very little attention from an appraiser assessing the value of the property as a whole.

Overall, it’s best to focus on making your home clean, decluttered, and in good repair, rather than trying to add bells and whistles that may not be universally appealing. By avoiding these types of repairs, you can help ensure that your home appeals to the largest number of potential buyers and maximize your chances of a successful sale.

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Published by LaTricia Morris

Hi. I'm LaTricia Morris, licensed PA Realtor, wife and mother of two amazing children, one cat and a 3-legged pit-baby. I also work in health and wellness through my business Defiance Fitness + Nutrition where I offer solutions that help people overcome obstacles to their health and wellness goals. What can I say? I couldn't be more committed to the call to helping people like you maximize your life potential and fall in love with the life you get to live. It's my joy to help you improve your quality of life, from helping you look and feel your best to helping you find the home that will serve as the setting for some of your life's most precious memories. I LOVE seeing you accomplish your lifestyle goals and count it a blessing to be part of that.

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