You may not get out what you put in

You have lived in your home for some time and I'm sure there are things that have annoyed you, and items that you think or even know that need fixing. But don't think you have to jump in and fix everything.

There are repairs that will certainly help a home sell more quickly such as, new carpeting, fresh paint, worn out switches, etc. But don't think that by paying for these repairs that you will re-coup the cost in the sale of the home. For instance, if you replace the carpet, you may find out that your buyer wants to put in hardwood floors. Or if you repaint the home, you may have chosen a color that your buyer doesn't like. So if you are going to do repairs, spend as little money as possible. If you are going to paint, choose a very neutral color throughout, and if you are going to re-carpet, again go neutral.

If there are worn out cabinets handles, loose hinges, leaky faucets, broken switch plate covers etc., fix them. These are things that people will touch and if they are in really bad shape it will leave a negative impression. These are actually fairly inexpensive repairs and you can easily do them yourself.

Before going crazy with repairs, talk with us and get some guidance.


We feel so lucky to have found George. When our friends and co-workers found out we were buying our first home, many offered names of other agents they knew and trusted, but we decided right away that George was someone we could trust and stuck with him. And we are very happy we did! I'm not sure the sellers would've accepted our offer if it was anyone else. He was so helpful and knowledgeable - not to mention extremely professional. He never pressured us one way or the other, and he never tried to get us to pay more than we could afford. We love our new house! Thank you so much! ~Zac & Sara, Seattle

George Beasley, Realtor