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Don’t fix these 6 things before you sell

If you’re thinking about putting your house up for sale, you probably know that doing a few repairs will help you boost your home’s sale price. You’ll probably start to see all of the little things that are wrong with your property and, naturally, start fixing everything.


Stop right there!


But there are some fixes that you should definitely avoid. They either waste your time and/or your money. Let’s go over them!


1.) Minor cosmetic flaws. Don’t sweat the small stuff. When you’re fixing up your home, focus your time, energy, and money on the things that will make a big difference. Because honestly? Buyers probably won’t notice that your baseboards are a little scuffed.


2.) Small walkway cracks. Curb appeal can definitely help you find the right buyers. But tiny cracks in the walkway and other low-impact fixes are just not worth the time. Keep your eyes on the big things that buyers are sure to notice.


3.) Repainting in trendy colours. I know, I know. It’s so hard to steer away from those fun wall colours that are everywhere right now. But if you’re planning to sell soon, keep your paint colours neutral and fresh to appeal to the most buyers.


4.) Grandfathered-in building codes. If you have an older home, you might realize that a few things around the house are a bit… vintage. While cosmetic updates can freshen up your space, don’t worry about making sure that your home is up to 2022 code. Your home was built to the building codes of its time and is grandfathered into 2022.


5.) Over renovating beyond neighbourhood norm. You want to make your home look nice, of course. But keep it in line with the rest of the homes on the street. Look at the recent listings in your area and stay within the normal renovations. Not every house needs marble countertops to sell.


6.) Partial fixes. Whatever you do to get your home ready for the market, make sure that you do it all the way. Half-done renos are big red flags to buyers, so before you start fixing anything, make sure you can finish it.


If you have any questions about which renovations your home needs, just send me a message! I can help you decide which updates will help you get the most bang for your buck when you sell.


- Trudy Wilson, Broker at RE/MAX Eastern Realty Inc., Brokerage in Bridgenorth, ON. 

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