Fix Up or Sell 'As Is'?

Once you've decided to sell your house, the next question is often, "Do I need to fix up my house or can I sell it 'as is'?" The answer is, "That depends on how much time, money, & effort you want to put into the house, and what is the return on investment?" I can help you answer that question.

As I work with you to determine the best course of action, I will start by asking a series of questions:

  • How much money do you have to spend on fixing up the house?

  • How much do you want to spend?

  • Can you do the work, or will you hire someone else to do it?

  • How quickly do you want to sell the house?

  • Do you need to net a certain amount on the sale?

  • What condition are the structural components of the house in?

Generally speaking, I don't recommend making major changes to your house before selling it, because you won't get your money back. Usually you can do some cosmetic fixing up like painting, cleaning carpets, changing some light fixtures, changing faucets and door handles, etc. for a relatively reasonable cost. Fixing plumbing leaks and sprucing up landscaping are also good things to do. Those will enhance the way your house shows, and will improve potential buyer's perception of your house.

Here is an example of how much difference a coat of paint can make in a room. It makes the room feel much larger and more inviting.