JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: Why Should We Make Repairs Before Someone Complains

Why Should We Make Repairs Before Someone Complains

Blythewood, SC Homes for Sale  Did you ever wonder why it is that you hear certain phrases over and over again and why they always seem to stand the test of time? Well, that's usually because the phrase is true or because it always holds true as good advice. So today we will focus on a phrase that I am sure everyone is familiar with, YOU NEVER GET A SECOND CHANCE TO MAKE A FIRST IMPRESSION.

  It's true, so if you don't put your best foot forward from the start, you stand the chance of losing buyers that would otherwise be interested in your house. The fact is that your house could fit their needs in every other way, but if it doesn't show well, the buyers usually walk.


Blythewood, SC Homes for Sale  The fact of the matter is that these days buyers are looking for a move in ready home, rather than a project to make their own. They don't won't to have to paint over loud colored walls or to replace the carpet after they close. If you get this done from the start, everything runs more smoothly. If buyers have to step over piles of dirty cloths or look past the clutter to see how much counter space is in the kitchen, it's hard for them to get over.

  The truth is that buyers do not want to look past or get over anything, so why make them. After all, you are the one that wants to sell your house, so why not make sure that you put yourself in the best possible position to do so. And that includes making any repairs that you know must be done prior to listing the home for sale and taking care of anything that may need to be done before a potential buyer walks through the door.




JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.

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Comment balloon 14 commentsJL Boney, III • March 12 2018 07:42PM


I agree. There are so many repairs or touch ups that can be done inexpensively (yet correctly) to avoid a potential buyer from passing on your home.  Great information. 

Posted by Paul Antonelli, Broker Owner; Antonelli Realty (Antonelli Realty) 10 months ago

If no repairs as needed the less the buyers can compain the more they will like the home

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 10 months ago

JL,  sometimes  even if the update or repair is a little pricey; it may not raise the value of the home by that much but it often reduces time on the market.

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) 10 months ago

JL we've been working with home sellers on preparing their homes to be 'parade ready' for many years. Almost all of them understand that 'these days' buyers are looking for HGTV homes and don't want the fixers like days long gone - unless one is an investor.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) 10 months ago

JL- times have changed. Buyers have been watching HGTV!  They also may not have or want to spend the time and money to improve the home they just bought. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 10 months ago

Good evening JL Boney, III ,

What a great post and the message comes out loud and clear "You never get a chance to make a first impression..make it a good one!"

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) 10 months ago

There can be a whole lot of bang for the buck made with minor cosmetic repairs.  And, there is nothing worse for a seller than to lower price because of current condition, only to have a buyer come in with a low offer because they too have discounted because the home needs work.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 10 months ago

What a great reminder. If a seller sells, the expectation should be that a buyer buys something of value. Making the home presentable and taking care to neutralize the colors and have the home clean and ready for move in is the right thing to do. Why would anyone want to buy a home in need of repairs and sloppy paint. I'm sure the seller didn't buy it like that when they moved in. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 10 months ago

Congratulations! You never get a second chance to make a great first impression. You've been featured in BananaTude!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 10 months ago

Amen to that!

Something I've been telling my sellers from I started staging...the goal is to make your home appear as valuable as possible. Valuable means it's been well maintained over the years. If you don't replace the worn carpet or damaged appliances, it sends a clear message that you probably haven't maintained anything else...like wiring and plumbing for example.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 10 months ago

Making that first impression is critical.  Sellers need to spend the time and effort getting the home show ready before hitting hte market. 

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) 10 months ago

Sadly, it's true - buyers want move-in ready and that's that, JL! The sellers who 'hope' that a buyer will envision their home the same as they do lose such a large buyer pool.

It seems that the masses these days have an over-booked calendar and absolutely NO time to update a home. They'll wait until they find one that meets their first-impression requirements!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 10 months ago

Hello and you are so right about first impressions in this business.   Make it a great day!


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 10 months ago

Before putting my first house up for sale, my agent at the time made a few recommendations - the biggest being painting the walls a neutral color.  We happily agreed to all of the rooms except for my son's room.  I just couldn't bring myself to paint over his favorite wall color.  Luckily, a buyer came along after 6 days on the market and loved every wall (:  But we did do 95% of what our agent advised

Posted by Alesha A. Wilson, M.Ed., Buy and Sell Real Estate with Confidence (Buy and Sell Oklahoma LLC) 10 months ago