When you are selling a home, you may think the best thing to do is to repair and update everything. This can help you sell your home, but it may cost you more money to make the repairs than you will get back on your return. Overly repairing your house can end up costing you more money and may not be worth it. If you aren't sure what repairs or replacements to skip out on when selling your home, read on for tips.
You don't have the same taste as everyone that comes to take a look at your home. Even brand new appliances that you purchase may be replaced by the new owners, so don't waste your money. Clean up your stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher as much as possible to make them look more appealing, but don't replace any of them. The cost of new appliances, especially nicer appliances, can add up and eat into your budget.
If you have old and outdated flooring, you may want to replace some of this, especially in the more common areas such as the foyer, kitchen or living room. If you have outdated flooring in a back mudroom or in a laundry room, you can skip this replacement. Don't go overboard when making these updates though. You don't have to use expensive flooring, just something that looks nicer than what you had.
If the doors in your existing house are in good shape, don't bother replacing them. Just because they aren't solid wood doors, that isn't something a potential buyer is going to be too picky about. Don't spend the money to replace them if they don't need replacing—let the new homeowner replace these things. If, however, the doors have damage to them, you may want to replace the doors that are damaged.
Door handles on the front door can be a great way to update your home, but the door handles on each and every door throughout your house don't need to be replaced unless they are all mismatched. Make sure your doorknobs and handles match throughout your home, but don't replace them if they don't need replacing.
Blinds and curtains shouldn't be a concern of yours when you're selling your home. The new homeowner is going to put their own window treatments up as soon as they move in. Again, your taste isn't the same as the next homeowner, so don't worry about these things. Leave the blinds or curtains you have up in place and don't give it a second thought.
When selling your home there are things you should repair such as leaky faucets, roofs or anything that is broken. Some updates may be worth it, but others can be done by the next homeowner. If you aren't sure what to repair or update in your home, talk to your realtor.