Great question! The answer is that it depends on what you want to achieve, the condition of your home, the value of your house before and after being readied for sale. You really don’t have to do anything. Every house will sell, but a home that has been well prepared will sell for more money in most markets. If you want to get the most from your sale, you’ll want to clean out all the clutter, update or remodel the kitchen and baths, paint the interior, remove the popcorn ceiling, paint the exterior. Your home may not need any of these things, or all of them. Keep in mind that many people really want to fix up their homes themselves after they buy, so if you want to sell as-is, you may get a premium price without lifting a finger.
The best time to fix up your home is before you want to sell. That way, you’ll be able to enjoy the changes yourself for a while, and then reap the rewards when it’s time to make your move. If you are thinking about what you want to do, give me a call. I’ll walk through the house with you, and we can discuss which changes will pay off the most.
People also ask:
- Is it worth fixing up house to sell?
If your real estate market is extremely hot—it’s a seller’s market—you can usually get away with fewer fix-ups before selling. But a home that needs repairs will still deliver a lower price in any market. Buyers might not even bother to look at a home that needs work in slow markets.
- Can I sell my house if it needs repairs?
If your house needs significant repair work or a complete renovation, it’s possible that it won’t sell on the market to another family. Instead, you’ll likely attract cash buyers or property investors.
- How much money should you put into a house before selling?
Well, there’s no limit to the amount of elbow grease you can put in while your home’s on the market. And you will put in a lot! But as far as finances, plan to budget one to three percent of your asking price for staging.
- What home improvements should be done before selling?
Landscaping. Average return at resale: 100 percent.
Minor Kitchen Remodel. Average return at resale: 98.5 percent.
Exterior Improvements. (Vinyl Siding, Paint, Updated Front Entry)
Attic Bedroom Conversion.
Major Kitchen Remodel.
Living Room Updates – Decor.