Should You Fix Up Your Home or Try to Sell It As Is?

For many homebuyers, the desire to purchase a home requiring renovations is becoming a thing of the past and this is especially true in our North Texas market. Today’s real estate shoppers are looking for turnkey, move-in ready properties with all of the amenities and none of the extra work. You can limit the number of buyers who might be attracted to your home by not making repairs. A home that needs repairs will deliver a lower price in any market, buyers might not even bother to look at a home that needs work. This doesn’t mean that you have to buy designer appliances and tear out cabinets but a minor kitchen remodel might be a good investment. Sometimes simply painting cabinets a darker or lighter color and installing updated hardware can give your kitchen an all-new look.

So where do you start? Make a list of everything that’s defective, broken, or worn out. Buyers might wonder what else in the home has been neglected if they spot problems or malfunctioning systems as they tour your home. Replace worn or stained carpeting. Repaint dark or marred walls with neutral paint—not white. Replace or just remove old drapes and window coverings especially if they make the rooms look dark and small. Old and worn out, battered furniture can detract from your home’s appeal. Consider upgrading your furniture if it’s in bad shape. You can always take it with you when you move. 

Mary Pat knows the market in North Dallas well, she will give you her honest advice based on years of knowledge, training and SUCCESS!

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