How much fixing up is enough?
Many soon-to-be-sellers ask us how much time, effort and money they should put into fix-ups. In general, there is no hard and fast rule. It can depend on what type of buyer you are trying to appeal to. If your target buyer is a "fixer-upper" buyer, then obviously your cash outlay may be considerably lower than for a "move-in condition" buyer.
The Three Phases Of Fix-ups
Fixing-up falls into three categories:
- The basics.
Requires a minimum cash outlay, typically requiring more elbow grease than money. Includes: Mow the lawn. Trim the bushes. Edge. Clean closets, storage areas, garage. Wash windows. Scour the kitchen and bath.
- Middle of the road.
The basics plus cosmetic repainting of dingy rooms, repairing broken fixtures, replacing worn carpet, etc.
- Big guns.
At this level, major refurbishments come into play, like installing a new roof, updating kitchen cabinets, replacing old systems and appliances.
Give us a call and we'll sit down with you to make a list of needed fix-ups, so you can determine exactly what's right for your personal situation.