What to fix up when selling a house: Minor repairs

Minor cosmetic repairs – generally updates that you can do without professional help—should be your first consideration. It's a low-cost way to improve your home's charm, especially if you can complete them yourself. Minor repairs add up and help make your home more inviting.

A fresh coat of paint

One of the best renovations to do before selling is laying down a fresh coat of paint. Repainting your home — interior or exterior — can be one significant way to make your home more appealing to potential buyers.


Tiles can be an eye-catching home feature on bathroom floors and kitchen backsplashes. Make sure that your tiles are eye-catching for the right reasons. Consider replacing any broken tiles, but above all, update the grout.

Curb appeal

Your home's exterior is the first thing potential buyers see when viewing the property. Cut the lawn and tidy and fix any broken fencing or railings. Replace any torn window screens and, consider a power wash to pathways and decks, and if necessary.

What to fix up when selling a house: Major repairs

Although they can increase your home's market appeal, major repairs can be costly. You won't always see a return on investment (ROI), thus they may fall in the "what not to fix when selling a house" category. Weigh your options and consider your budget. Making costly repairs may help the property garner interest from buyers, Still, you may not recoup your expenses when the home sells. A home inspection before you put your house on the market can also help you prioritize repairs.

Flooring refresh

New or updated flooring is often a major draw for potential buyers. New carpeting, new tiles, or refurbished hardwood floors signal to the new owner that they won't have to worry about fixing the floors for a long time. However, the process generally requires professional help and can be extremely costly. You should consider making any major floor repairs only if there's a dire need. Because hardwood floors are often a major draw for buyers, refinishing your hardwood floor may be worthwhile.

Water stains

Water stains are tricky. It's possible to repair the water damage alone, but the damage often signals an expensive plumbing or roofing problem. Water stains are often a red flag for potential buyers. Consider the extent of the water damage. If it's minor, it may be worth addressing the staining. Think carefully before tackling extensive damage, as you might find the costs outweigh the benefits.

Kitchen updates

A stylish kitchen is a major selling point. If your kitchen shows signs of wear or is outdated, buyers may be turned off. However, a full kitchen renovation is expensive and time-consuming. Instead, consider making more manageable changes. Repainting the cabinets and updating hardware can help bring an outdated kitchen into the present. Replace any fixtures and appliances that don't work or are in visibly bad shape.

A new countertop can also go a long way in making your kitchen more stylish. Do what fits into your budget and remember that even the smallest improvements can make a big impact. Learn more about what to do before selling your house.