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Should You Fix These Things Before Selling Your Home?

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You're preparing your home to hit the market, and you want to put your best foot forward for a quick and seamless sale. You may be looking around your home, and all of its flaws seem to be screaming at you. You might be tempted to go right into action and tackle every DIY project you’ve been putting off until now. Before you grab the paint, hammer, and nails, here are a few things you may or may not want to take on.

Appliances? No

If appliances like refrigerators and stoves aren’t severely outdated or broken, don’t bother replacing them. They shouldn’t hinder your sale. If you find that a few items need to be replaced, opt for gently used appliances instead of buying brand new to save a little money. 

Driveways and Walkways? No

A few cracks in your concrete is normal, and most buyers will expect to see signs of an aging driveway, especially if the home isn’t brand new. As long as your lawn and bushes are neat, and you give your home’s overall curb appeal attention, cracks shouldn’t be a deal-breaker for most buyers.

Paint? Yes

A fresh coat of paint is an easy, cost-effective way to bring new life to any room in your home. Don’t forget to evaluate the outside of your home as well. Your shutters or home exterior could stand a new coat or color. 

Lighting? Yes

Lighting is another easy, cost-effective repair you can make in no time. Start with replacing old bulbs. Swap out outdated light fixtures for newer, modern ones. 

Window Coverings? No

If your blinds or curtains are broken and outdated, don’t bother replacing them. Instead, consider removing them altogether. Most buyers will want to infuse their own style into the room once they make their purchase, so the lack of blinds on a window shouldn’t be a turnoff. It can also work in your favor by bringing more natural light into a room when showing a home.

Flooring? Maybe

It’s best to fix any glaring issues like major carpet stains or severely scratched hardwood floors. Steam cleaning your carpet instead of completely tearing it out and laying down new carpeting is ideal. Unless you’re living with outdated shag carpeting, it’s not necessary to take on a major floor replacement. This type of  costly change can be made once the buyer makes their purchase and selects flooring that fits their personal style.

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