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Which Updates Should You Avoid Before Listing Your Home?

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Now that spring is here, we’re getting ready for a heavy listing season in the real estate world. If you’re a home seller, there are five updates you should avoid making to your home before listing it:

1. Wallpaper. Unless it’s a custom-made wallpaper from a designer, don’t put up any in your house.

2. Lavish light fixtures. A buyer won’t see the value of any new, expensive light fixtures. If you install new light fixtures, make sure they’re simple and clean.


Don’t bother with these updates if you plan on selling your home this spring.


3. Replacing carpet with more carpet. If you’re in an older home and the carpet needs to be replaced in a high-traffic area like the hallway or the living room, we recommend you replace it with a high-quality laminate or hardwood. You’ll get a higher return on your investment and you won’t spend as much as you would need to with new carpeting.

4. Painting. If you plan on repainting, make sure you do it with a neutral color. Avoid reds, blues, purples, or anything else that’s bright.

5. Landscaping. Don’t overspend when it comes to improving or upgrading your landscaping. Although it’s beautiful and will help with your curb appeal, buyers won’t see the value in it and you won’t get your return on investment.

If you have any questions on what updates you should make to your home before listing it, please give me a call or send me an email. I would be happy to help you!

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