Should I Make Repairs to My Home or Sell It As-Is?

Should I Make Repairs to My Home or Sell It As-Is?

April 1st, 2022

When considering selling your home, the choice between performing repairs or opting for an as-is sale can have a significant impact on various aspects of the sale, from the list price to the pool of prospective buyers. Understanding the nuances of each approach can help you make an informed decision that maximizes your return on investment in the real estate market.

Selling Your Home As-Is

Definition: An as-is sale means that the property will be sold in its current condition, with potential buyers acknowledging that no additional repairs will be made.

Legal Responsibilities: It's imperative to disclose all known defects to potential buyers and provide an accurate inspection report. Failure to do so can lead to legal consequences.


  • Speed: An as-is sale can expedite the selling process, attracting cash buyers who are often willing to accept a quick sale.
  • Reduced Costs: You avoid the immediate out-of-pocket expenses associated with the cost of repairs.


  • Lower Sale Price: Potential buyers will factor the cost of repairs into their offers, typically resulting in a lower as-is home sale price.
  • Limited Buyer Interest: Some buyers are hesitant to take on the uncertainties of an as-is property, especially if significant structural issues are involved.

Choosing to Make Repairs Before Selling

Minor Repairs: Addressing minor issues—such as giving the walls a fresh coat of paint or fixing leaky faucets—can enhance the home's aesthetic appeal without substantial investment on expensive repairs.

Major Repairs: Major issues, like significant structural repairs, can be costly but ignoring them may deter a large segment of prospective buyers. Conducting a comparative market analysis with the help of a real estate agent can help determine whether the potential increase in list price justifies the repair costs.


  • Increased Sale Price: Effective repairs can significantly increase the home's market value, potentially offering a high return on investment.
  • Attract More Buyers: A home in better condition appeals to a wider pool of buyers and real estate investors, including those not interested in handling major renovations.


  • Upfront Investment: The costs of repairs might be substantial, and there is always the risk that these costs will not be fully recuperated through the sale price.
  • Delay in Listing: The time required to complete cosmetic repairs can delay putting your home on the market, which could be a disadvantage in a rapidly changing market.

The Role of a Real Estate Agent

A knowledgeable real estate agent can be invaluable in navigating these decisions. They can provide a comparative market analysis to estimate the potential sale price adjustments after repairs, advise on the most beneficial improvements, assess the current market conditions, and help attract the right pool of buyers—whether you decide to sell as-is or invest in making repairs.

Do Your Research with the Help of a Real Estate Expert

Deciding whether to repair your home or perform an as-is home sale in its current condition involves weighing the costs of repairs against potential sale price improvements and considering how quickly you need to sell versus the quality and quantity of offers you wish to attract. With careful consideration and expert advice, you can choose the path that best aligns with your selling goals and financial situation.

The best thing you can do is to consult a real estate expert. Once you are ready to list your property on the housing market, the Sutton Team at Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate is here for you. Billy and Lacey Sutton are Realtors serving Chestertown, MD, and the Upper Eastern Shore that can help sell your home at a fair price. Contact us and get the process rolling today!

Billy Sutton

Billy Sutton is a dynamic real estate professional at Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate in Chestertown, Maryland. With a deep-seated understanding of the local market, Billy has carved a niche in Kent and Queen Anne's counties, known for his exceptional negotiating skills, innovative marketing strategies, and problem-solving abilities. His expertise spans a wide range of properties, including residential homes, waterfront properties, and farmlands. Holding a Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Billy brings a unique perspective to the agricultural real estate market. Outside of his professional life, he is an avid sports enthusiast and enjoys outdoor activities. His deep roots in the community and commitment to his clients make him a reliable and trusted advisor in the real estate sector.


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