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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Home Seller Tips: Should I fix it or just expect to give a credit?

Many times it is when a home owner decides to sell they start noticing little maintenance issues.  Or, like many sellers, they have lived with it so long they don't even recognize any issues at all until their real estate agent makes recommendations for preparing to sell your home.

I can't recall the number of times I have been asked what I thought about giving a credit or repairing a problem.

It really all comes down to the sellers motivation.  The return on some repairs is well worth the expense or effort (some jobs are just do it yourself things like painting a red bathroom!).

My response is often a question.... Think of your likely buyer. What will they expect to find in a home like yours, priced like yours?

If its a negative and easily addressed - fix it!  Besides the cost to replace or repair something is almost always over estimated by buyers when they start negotiating getting a credit or justifying a low ball offer.

In the words of Karen Otto, Plano, Texas Home Staging Professional "Buyers can't un-see the negative." 

When you are ready to sell your Viera, Florida home, give me a call at 321-693-3850 for your no obligation market analysis.


"Buyers can't unsee the negative."
"Buyers can't unsee the negative."

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