What Not to Fix When You’re Ready to Sell Your Home

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Selling a house can be a daunting task, especially when one has put all their time and effort into making it the best place to live in. It can also be pricey if there are some home repairs you need to complete to attract potential buyers.

However, not every home improvement project is a good idea if you're looking forward to selling. This is because these improvements might not appeal to your future buyers, who will most likely have different needs and tastes from yourself, so it's best to avoid them altogether.

Here's what not to fix when selling a house:

Old appliances

While it may be tempting to replace old appliances that look like they can explode at any moment, it's a significant investment, and there's a good chance they'll still ask you to remove them before finalizing the sale.

Your buyers will likely change the appliances to suit their culinary needs, so keep the old and rickety — or replace it with clean secondhand appliances — and make sure they're clean at all times.

Cosmetic issues

Every property has its problems, but buyers are usually willing to overlook them if they look good on the outside. Cosmetic issues such as uneven floors and peeling paint will not affect your home's structure, so you should focus your resources on other projects that can make a more profound difference.

When deciding on home improvements, consider things such as the style of your house and how it'll fit in with the area. If you do a bit of research on these factors before starting any project, you'll have a much better idea of what work should be done to increase the value of your house.

Drastic paint jobs

While it may be okay to touch up your paint job, going for trendy colours could actually deter potential buyers from looking at your home. For instance, painting the house black with purple trim might not appeal to everyone, so it's best to stick with neutral colours.

The reality is that unless paint is cracked, it's best to leave painting to your future buyers and let them choose the colour they feel would make their house stand out from the others. 


You might be thinking prospective buyers want to see brand-new carpeting in every room, but this isn't always the case. While flooring is essential, you might be better off refinishing or repairing your existing floors to save money while appealing to as many buyers as possible.

If your house has hardwood floors, it's best to refinish them so they look sparkling clean and new. If you have carpet in your home, ensure you're cleaning them regularly to remove any stains.

Adding an extra bathroom

Increasing the number of bathrooms in a house is one of the most expensive home improvement projects you can undertake, and so it may be best to avoid it if you're planning to sell soon. Not only will this increase the cost significantly, but you'll also need to repaint the entire house because changes in plumbing can warp walls and ceilings.

If your prospective buyers are families, they may complain that there isn't enough space for everyone, so it's best to stick with the original bathroom or simply update it slightly. Sure, this renovation project may seem small, but some prefer it over a fancy extra bathroom.

Final thoughts

If you're planning to sell your house, it's a good idea to consult a REALTOR® who can provide expert advice on the best way to improve its market value. They'll also advise you on which home improvements require permits and which you can do yourself at a much lower cost.