When selling your St George home, you want to make it as attractive as possible to Buyers. But not everyone’s budget includes costly repairs. St George Sellers need to determine where their responsibilities lie. To fix or not to fix…that is the question.
St George Sellers: What to Fix
Structural, safety and building code issues tend to fall on the Sellers’ shoulders. If so, contact several different contractors. Compare their bids as well as their reputations before deciding on which one to hire. On the other hand, you might want to offer a credit towards the cost of repairs. It could be enough to incentivize a Buyer to continue with the sale instead of walking away. Discuss this with your St George REALTOR@ to see if this is a viable option for you.
St George Sellers: What Not to Fix
Typically, carpet replacement, interior and exterior paint and other signs of typical wear and tear aren’t required to be fixed before selling your St George home. Not everyone has the same taste in decorating. However, to make your home more attractive, you might want to add a fresh coat of neutral color paint to your interior walls. While replacement may not be in the budget, deep cleaning your carpet is always recommended, especially in homes with pets.
St George Sellers: Before You List
It’s a good idea to perform your own home inspection before you list your St George property to sell. Buyers oftentimes overestimate costs of repairs. If you fix problems before you list, Buyers won’t even know there was an issue to begin with. Turn your negative into a positive. Advertising new roofing, a new water heater and/or upgraded wiring sounds much better than an inspector revealing a leaky roof, a broken water heater or a potential electrical issue. Buyers feel assured that you have maintained the home properly. In turn, this could mean a higher offer.
Whether you decide to fix something ahead of time or not, make sure you put all agreed repairs in writing. Look over your contract thoroughly before signing. If you have any questions, ask your REALTOR@ for clarification first.
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