What Not to Fix When Selling a House | Save Money On Home Rehab

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Selling a house requires considerable time and effort. There’s a common misconception that you must use a massive portion of your finances to renovate and prepare your house before putting it on the real estate market. Real estate flippers carry out this task frequently and make money, but they are professionals who have spent years building up this skill set. 

As a homeowner, extensive home renovations like kitchen remodeling won’t lead to a significant return on investment (ROI), and it’s recommended to focus on fixes that are worth making. Keep reading as we look at certain things you shouldn’t fix when selling a house. 

Inconsequential Electrical Issues

Some electrical problems in a house need to be immediately fixed because they are safety hazards. Suppose you struggle with exposed wires, dangling light fixtures, ungrounded outlets, standard circuit breakers, or an outdated electrical service panel within your home. In that case, you will need to get these fixed before you list your property for sale. 

In contrast, minor electrical problems such as dead outlets, loose outlet plugs, or a light switch that doesn’t work might not need to be dealt with. In your home inspection report, it will simply be noted that loose sockets haven’t been tightened enough, and the light switch is seldom mentioned. 

Removable Items

Rather than replacing or updating outdated and worn-out items, consider removing them from your space since this can help you save money. For example, a window treatment can cost an average of $800. Typically, sellers take their removable belongings with them, but, at times, it’s impossible, and you might be forced to leave some stuff behind. 

If these items aren’t in usable condition, are dated, or make the room darker than most potential buyers would prefer, don’t just leave them behind. Take them down, and don’t replace them before you put your house on the market. It’s the best way to practice quick and inexpensive prep. 

Cracks in the Driveway or Walkway

It’s a well-known fact among real-estate agents that buyers are much more likely to opt for a house with an impressive curb appeal. This entails curbing appeal features like a fresh coat of exterior paint, a nice mat by the front door, freshly mowed grass, tidily trimmed shrubs, mulched flower beds, and some cozy chairs on the front port. 

You will rarely come across a buyer who is so nitpicky regarding driveway or sidewalk cracks that it wrecks the sale agreement. In some places, hairline cracks in a driveway or walkway are common because of soil movement and don’t scare off buyers unless they are big enough to cause a potential hazard. 

Cosmetic Flaws

Most cosmetic flaws are usually easy to fix, for instance, landscaping and painting. Unless they considerably affect your house’s appearance, affordable and quick fixes shouldn’t be on top of your priority list. Pick a few that you think will make a significant impact in presenting a clean, fresh face to buyers and let the others stay as they are. 

That is not to say that there are issues that can be more involved, like replacing old countertops in your bathroom or kitchen. Other problems include minor scratches on hardwood floors, a few cracked tiles, or outdated finishes. Don’t hesitate to complete these projects if you possess home improvement skills and think you have the time and money required.

In the case that you’re unsure what to do, it’s best not to risk further damage or spend finances that won’t provide you with the end product you desire. A complete makeover is not necessarily to sell your home because ordinary wear-and-tear is expected. Consider the option of a cash home buyer company for your convenience and a quick sale.

Old Appliances

Appliances that are barely functioning, energy inefficient, broken, severely worn, more than a decade old, or missing can hurt your home’s sale. While buying new ones adds value to your property, it’s not the only path available. New appliances will cost you thousands of dollars, so look around for well-functioning used ones that can serve the same purpose.

If you do decide to purchase new appliances, you aren’t obligated to choose the top-of-the-line and high-end options. New, standard devices don’t have to cost a lot to impress buyers and add personality to your space. 

Upgrading a Room Partially

It’s recommended not to start a remodel or upgrade if you don’t have the budget or time to finish it. This is because potential buyers will find it challenging to visualize the completed project since they’re not the ones who were working on it. Additionally, adding a couple of fixtures or replacing one cabinet will enhance the notion that the rest of the room badly needs revamping. 

Let’s be honest; a partial remodeling rarely looks chic and elegant, and it’s illogical to keep the 1980s wooden floor but install a new vanity. Partial room upgrades won’t help you add value and might even come off as you have something to hide rather than making your home look worth purchasing. Either do the whole room or just let it be. 

Old Building Code Problems

As time passes, building codes evolve. A house built in 1990 most likely won’t meet all the current building rules and regulations. However, it’s not your responsibility to bring everything up to meet the existing standards to sell your house. If your property was legally constructed by complying with the appropriate time’s building codes, it will be considered ‘grandfathered-in’ and doesn’t need to meet the new codes. 

These aberrances will be noted by a home inspectors because they are required by law to do so in their inspection reports. A grandfathered-in house doesn’t need to be updated by a homeowner to ensure a sale, but you can upgrade it to meet the current standards if you please. However, most agents advise against it because building code violations are typical and might not need to be corrected to attract buyers. 


It can be daunting and overwhelming when you decide to sell your house, especially due to the competitive and saturated real estate market. Your goal should be to show your house’s potential; there is no need to polish it to perfection. It’s always a good idea to contact your real estate agent and ask them about market demands to make repairs accordingly before putting your house on the market. If you’re looking for an easy way out, contact a nearby cash home buyer company that’ll buy your place without any demands.

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