Should You Fix Up your House before Selling?

On one staging consult, I was going through the home taking the lead from the clients. The first room we started with was the living room of course. Their concern was the layout of the living room, and if the couches were too big for the room which they were.  We discussed several options and came up with a solution that they were happy with.  The next was a spare bedroom that had a mattress on the floor.  We discussed several options of making the room look great which they agreed to.  We went into their bathroom and they said they would declutter but there wasn’t much to be done there. I opened up the shower curtain and found MOLD all around the bathtub.


We went into the kitchen and their big question was what light should they use for their eat-in area since it was their only eating space.  I looked up at the light and noticed the ceiling had water damage.

We went downstairs to take a look at the washroom that he wanted to finish before he listed his house.  Before we even made it halfway downstairs, you could feel the dampness in the basement.

The focus of the staging consult moved from how to showcase their house by rearranging furniture and bringing in accessories, to defining and repairing the necessary repairs needed for the home if they wanted to get a good price for their house. The staging was put on hold, while the homeowners brought it the necessary trades to get the repairs done to their home.

Read: Why you should treat your house like a business when selling your home

This is an extreme example of what can happen but unfortunately the homeowner ignored the warning signs in his home and when he was ready to sell, if he had sold his house “as is” he would have received for less money that what he wanted.

Are there areas in your house that are broken or repairs that need to be done like fixing a screen door, a damaged dry wall issue, fix a leaky tap or perhaps there is some mold around your bathtub.

Smaller repairs to your home should be done before you list your house in order to get the maximum amount from the sale of your home. It’s one of the best things that you can do for your home.

I help busy homeowners, just like you, to style their house to make it a stunning retreat, where they can live and enjoy their home. I help homeowners, make money beyond their wildest expectations from the sale of their house by guiding them when they’re getting their house ready to sell.

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Hi! I’m Debi Collinson. Home Stylist. Stager. Color Consultant. Real Estate Investor. It all started back in 2006, at the request of a realtor, where I nervously staged my very first home. But the sellers liked their newly styled home so much that they turned down an offer for full asking price. I went back to design school and the rest is history.

In my spare time, LOL, I buy “fixer uppers” to fix up & either sell for a healthy profit or to rent. I’m currently living in my 8th “fixer upper.” Sign up to receive my e-mails of how to make your home stunning, how to sell your house for top dollar AND how to become financially independent one fixer upper at a time!

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