Pre Listing Checklist: Should You Do Updates Before Your Home is Listed for Sale

This listing is Staged and shows well!

If you are a follower of my blogs you know I am a big advocate of making sure that you do everything possible to maximize your sales price before your home is listed for sale. That starts with decluttering (biggest bang for the buck) and continues on to minor improvements like fixing whatever comes up in your pre-listing home inspection. Then we continue on to possibly painting and of course staging. Another great investment is in updating the lighting and possibly door handles as in get rid of the gold/brass dated stuff and replace it with brushed nickel or chrome.

If your roof is leaky, maybe a good idea to fix that with the El Nino coming this winter.

Putting in new wood floors? Possibly, if your current floor coverings are 1980's shag (orange preferred). When we get to new kitchens, bathrooms, etc. most likely not going to get you the return on the investment you would hope for.


Here's the question I always ask.


Does whatever you are planning to do enhance the existing presentation in a cost effective way? There are 2 reasons to spend money.
  • Maximize your potential sales price by unleashing equity.
  • Increase the sales price by doing improvements.
Your home, as is, may sell for $750,000. But if there are comps that show $800K is attainable and those homes were in better condition, it is certainly worth it to invest $10-15K to get double of that or more in return.

On the other hand if the comps, after improving the presentation are basically the same, then by spending $10K to get $15K, why bother unless the home is just so unappetizing as it is that it will cost you money to leave it in the present state.

There's a reason that my listings sell for higher prices than other Realtors and with short days on the market. Call me for a no obligation complimentary meeting to discuss the sale of your home.