Should You Invest in Upgrades Before Listing Your Home?

Most people have wandered through new home developments and perused Instagram and Pinterest wishing their own home looked as modern and chic. Model homes showcase the latest upgrades and decorating trends; for home sellers these homes are their competition, and it can feel daunting to offer an older floorplan and design. While it might seem like a smart idea to simply offer a buyer credit and list, there are downsides to this plan, and taking the time to update a bit on your own first could mean thousands of dollars in your pocket. Here are a few reasons why offering a credit might not be the best strategy:

•Buyer Impression –A dated home looks old and not all buyers can see the potential.

•Lower Offers –Offering a credit could be viewed as high seller motivation, resulting in lower offers.

•Value Differences – You and your buyer might disagree on the value of needed upgrades. For example, you might feel $7,500 is a fair cost for a new countertop whereas your buyers might expect considerably more; this can lead to more negotiations and lower sales price.

•Home Condition – A property that shows its age can prompt the buyer to worry about the overall condition.

Home design trends change quickly. If you’re ready to sell, it could be tempting just to list your home in its current condition. Before you just add a credit to the listing, consider some simple updating so your buyers can see the value of your home.

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