Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: The Real Truth About a Little Fix Up

The Real Truth About a Little Fix Up

Sellers, Buyers Don't Want to Hassle with Fix Up

Sellers the hassle factor will cost you doubleWhen getting your Clarksville TN home ready for market, keep one thing in mind, buyers want your home move in ready and don't want the hassle of fix up. Leaving it for the buyer to do a little fix up will cost you big time.

Your competition in Clarksville is new construction and these homes smell new, feel new and have all the new features. Your home needs to compete well and that means do your repairs and make sure there is a fresh coat of paint on the walls and trim. This will keep more money in your pocket.

Items like fresh paint, replacing the carpet, updating the kitchen, improving the landscape, fixing a leaky faucet or loose doorknob tend to make the buyer feel like the whole house is in better repair and make them keep an open mind when comparing to new homes. Failing to present well on the front end is going to cost you double or triple on the back end.

Buyers look at a house that needs painting as not needing a few gallons of paint but as a big job that will require hundreds and even thousands of dollars. You do not want to be dinged by thousands of dollars simply because you thought the buyer would like to paint it the colors they want.

Worn out flooring will cost you even more with buyers not having a real feel for the cost of flooring. If you have worn out carpet that may translate to mean it needs an upgrade to hardwood flooring while they are doing that. This will be big money and depending on the size of the home up to $10,000 or more. This will all come off the price the buyer offers for the house. Buyers are not impressed with painting allowances or new carpet allowances.

The Real Truth About a Little Fix Up is that buyers will pad whatever needs to be done by a lot more than it will actually cost. On top of that they may put in extra dollars just for the hassle factor and having to fool with it. This is going to really bring down your bottom line in a big way.

It is much better to get those things in good order, do some of the work yourself and have the place looking good. This will bring in your highest and strongest offers in the quickest amount of time. The little fix up thought is going to hurt you in the pocketbook.

Sellers, Buyers Don't Want to Hassle with Fix Up.

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For more tips on selling check out my selling tips to beat the competition here. Don't forget that home staging is an important element to the sale and creates emotion in the buyer.

To get a price evaluation, click on the picture to the left. For more ideas on selling your Clarksville Home, contact The Real Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730.

 

 

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Comment balloon 38 commentsDebbie Reynolds • August 26 2016 08:05PM

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Hi Debbie.  Most buyers assume that there will be other issues as well when they run into any obvious worn areas of a home.  That's where the problem lies.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 2 years ago

You nailed it Debbie! Now a days people want turn key homes and the only way to compete with new construction is by taking care of the deferred maintenance and a fresh coat of paint.  Well done!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 2 years ago

Anyone thinking of selling their home in your area should call you.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

Way different today than before...people are too busy for fixing and it costs Seller's dearly!

Posted by Dennis Swartz, MBA, GRI...experience counts! (Full Circle Property Management) over 2 years ago

Good morning Debbie. Fix it and be ready to sell! The alternative is not pretty! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

Waiting for the inspector to call attention to the....faucet that leaks etc....is less

preferable and speaks to the deferred maintenance of a Seller rather than being prepared and pro active.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

Debbie, Your last paragraphs nail our experience with buyers.  The buyers certainly estimate far above the actual cost and either move on entirely or offer way low as a result.  And an allowance leads to a "double tap", they'll want the allowance AND offer lower as a result. 

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 2 years ago

Short cuts can kill you, a little humor here. Great post and thanks for sharing.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (One World Realty Inc.) over 2 years ago

Great post Debbie. I do have buyer's that want fixers but your post is spot on - those buyers want a fixer because they want a deal - they are not paying top dollar. Like most things of course there is an occasional exception to the rule.

Posted by Dan Pittsenbarger, Improving Conditions (Keller Williams) over 2 years ago

Your blog posts are so professional looking...I love them!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) over 2 years ago

My heart drops when I see Sellers spending thousands on improvements that I know Buyers won't appreciate and will probably remove Debbie Reynolds. Another great blog post! 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 2 years ago

Good morning Debbie. How very focused and real this is. You are right and you have addressed a reality that every homeowner faces.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 2 years ago

This is very good advice for prospective home sellers. 

Have a lovely weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

Hi Debbie - You're absolutely right. Homes that are move-in ready are what buyers want, and they'll sell quicker and for a better price than those that need work.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 2 years ago

Debbie even a little TLC when selling a house can go a long way and impact how quickly a house sells or does not sell.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

You are so right...a little fixing can go a long way in helping to get a home sold quickly and at a good price. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 2 years ago

Hello Debbie 

I couldn't agree more about home buyers not wanting to fix up homes their looking at, and Vegas Bob loves selling (New Homes) ;o)

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 2 years ago

Hi Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, new homes feel so good. I know you are loving Alaska.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Yes Debbie Laity fixing those important things will yield bigger profits.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

That is what I tell sellers and they still want to hold back Dick Greenberg.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

That quicker sale is so importatnt to many sellers, George Souto.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

It is our job to share the truth Sheila Anderson.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Thank you Roy Kelley and hope seller will take the advice.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Hi Kristin Johnston, Waukesha County Realtor 414-254-6647 and I appreciate you saying that.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Dan Pittsenbarger, mostly the buyers want a really good deal if they are going to have to deal with the the rehabbing.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

That is one reasons a seller needs to talk with an agent that knows the market and what to do first Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

You are right Liz and Bill Spear they will want to take the money twice. It is just how it works.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Your statement is true, Gabe Sanders. They have to factor in for that too.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Thanks Donald Urschalitz and I really like the humor.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Thanks for the endorsement Gita Bantwal.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Paint can do so much and so can a little staging Kristine Ginsberg.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

It will mean more time on the market Wayne Martin.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

I am seeing that more and more Dennis Swartz.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

I agree and it is better to make the inspector really look hard Sally K. & David L. Hanson.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

EXCELLENT advice, Debbie!  Sometimes it's difficult to convince sellers to go ahead and get it done because buyers will multiply the actual cost TIMES FOUR if they don't!! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 2 years ago

I work on this really hard with the sellers and have them think like a buyer. They usualy get the message Debe Maxwell.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 2 years ago

Hey Debbie-I agree, buyers today don't want to do anything but turn the lights on!

Posted by Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Beachfront Realty) about 2 years ago

this is a great post to share with sellers getting ready to put their homes on the market. 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 2 years ago

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