In this current real estate competitive climate, sellers want to do everything they can to gain an advantage. With buyers having their pick of so many properties, they are often reluctant to choose those that require updating. With this in mind, sellers are strongly encouraged to replace or refurbish any features in their homes that look dated. Outdated kitchens and bathrooms are the first places to look. Chipped laminated countertops, old refrigerators and other kitchen appliances, and worn vanities should be replaced with newer materials and fixtures that attract buyer interest. While sellers may not be able to recoup the cost of many of these items, spending the money for them is preferable to cutting the list price.
HINT: Any renovation undertaken to improve the attractiveness of a home for sale should be both cost-effective and within the parameters of features of similar homes in the neighborhood