Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC)

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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

It really depends what the seller wants for it. I've found that just giving it a little touchup paint, mow the lawn, haul the garbage to the dump, etc. will get more money.

Jun 02, 2017 12:57 PM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

       I'm putting an ex-rental house on the market July 1.   We are going to do the yard work, paint the front door and front shutters, general clean-up.  But we won't spend the money on the needed HVAC replacement or window upgrades.  It will be listed "As is, subject to inspections".

Jun 02, 2017 12:12 PM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Hot enough for ya?

You never know ... a buyer might decide to keep the house, update and repair it, to live in.

I would clean the house to make it presentable.  It should be a small investment.

Jun 02, 2017 12:11 PM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I think it is always better to have any home show in it's best light - even if it is going to be a flip.  Might determine what the buyer offers.

Jun 02, 2017 02:25 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

It really does depend.

Not only on the house.  

The market.  The goals of the seller.  The buyer pool. Timing. Motivation. Ability.  Costs involved.  Other factors.  

I'm sure the answer can be found for each individual situation by asking the right questions and lots of careful listening.  

Good luck with your new listing.     

Jun 03, 2017 02:37 AM
Steve Higgins
RE/MAX Kelowna - Kelowna, BC

How much fixing up would depend on what you want to list it for. I think it should be clean, that is just common courtesy. I would not appreciate having bought a place and then cleaning up the tenants junk or having my face in a dirty toilet as I am trying to remove it.

Jun 02, 2017 05:27 PM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

I always think that good curb appeal gets top dollar.

Jun 02, 2017 03:32 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, First impression always dictates offer.

Jun 02, 2017 01:36 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I think that communication about this would be important and if everyone is OK with the decision that would be best.

Jun 02, 2017 01:12 PM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Depends on the time factor.

Low price - little effort - fast sale.

High price - more effort - longer sale time.

What is the objective?

AND, if the buyer and seller have not already met and stated intention, the situation is hypothetical. 

Jun 02, 2017 12:54 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

How do you know when you put it on the market who the buyer will be?  

Jun 02, 2017 11:57 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

It's just putting lipstick on a pig right? I wouldn't bother if flippers are your target buyer.

Jun 03, 2017 05:05 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

My initial instinct is that appearance still will provide a few additional dollars for the investment to make something presentable without going over the top in expenditures, Paul.

Jun 03, 2017 04:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Does the seller want to just get rid of it and isn't too worried about price? Is he in a hurry? Does he have time to wait and wants more money? I think it depends on the specific situation.

Jun 03, 2017 03:13 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, why not? Always the best foot forward!

Jun 02, 2017 10:55 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Do you already have a buyer, is that why  you know their intent?

Ask the buyer.

Jun 02, 2017 10:06 PM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Is there already a buyer or is this a decision for pre-marketing?  How bad of shape is it?  Is there any chance it won't be "flipped"?  Can the seller get more money if it is cleaned up and shows better?  I would think cleaning it up and doing what the seller can with very little spending would help. -Kasey

Jun 02, 2017 09:42 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I think it should be at least broom clean. I know I don't want to show nasty properties and sure buyers would prefer walking through properties that are halfway clean.

Jun 02, 2017 07:44 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I think Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® has given you sound advice!

Jun 02, 2017 05:38 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

He need not spend too much.

Jun 02, 2017 05:06 PM
Christine Kankowski North SD and Temecula
House Match Inc - Poway, CA
Excellent Sales and Property Management

There are probably some things that will make it appeal to more people.


Is there trash at the house? CAn you get it clean?

It doesn't cost much to clean the carpet if it looks really bad. Clean up the yard, clean the blinds, dust everything.  Whole house paint could also get your offer price up higher. 

Jun 02, 2017 04:54 PM
Allie Angeloni
Long Realty - Oro Valley, AZ

My first thought is 'yes', though it depends on what you mean by 'clean up' Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,.  I don't think a professional cleaning crew to spruce up and shine the rental is in order.  I do think trash, furniture, garbage, and any other item that does not fall within those categories should be removed, even if that means every room gets to be emptied into a dumpster.  Seems only right, even if the rental is purchased by a flipper.  My only caveat is if the home is sold for a mere pittance, then maybe you could leave it trashed - I can't see it?!   

Jun 02, 2017 04:16 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I think that Joe Pryor has the answer I would have given. A

Jun 02, 2017 02:25 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I hate saying it depends but it should be at worst broom clean. It does affect price even if a tear down. I would not go scrubbing toilets though

Jun 03, 2017 05:56 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, I think the seller should clean it up.  Buyers really don't like to pay to haul away someone's garbage.

Jun 03, 2017 04:33 PM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Depends on a few things - if the seller knows because the buyers agent told them of the demo then leave it alone - if it's in the contract - it better be clean

In my area, cleanliness is not guarantted or part of the contract

Jun 03, 2017 12:34 PM
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
Your Texas Lifestyle is Here!

I would advise against it if the contract is a done deal.  Otherwise, I'd have it ready for market.

Jun 03, 2017 11:59 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Follow the terms of the agreement.

Jun 03, 2017 11:58 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Should still be clean up unless the price is really reduce.


Jun 03, 2017 11:01 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

if it's a tear-down, the seller should sell as is.... if not, the home should be broom clean.....

Jun 03, 2017 10:09 AM
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Serving Coastal San Diego, Veteran's & Seniors

I rarely see sellers clean their homes since the Great Depreciation, I ask them too, but I'm often left with the state of the house when the last load was removed. If I liked the buyers, I may occasionally have my crew clean for them, depends on the escrow  we had and as you said the plans of the buyer. It would be a waste on a demo job.

Jun 03, 2017 08:23 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Doing minimal things at a low cost could bring a higher return for the seller. 

Jun 03, 2017 07:39 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Does not cost a lot to clean so answer is yes

Jun 03, 2017 07:36 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

Depends on the contract

Jun 03, 2017 06:27 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Too many variables to answer this questions. The home should at least be broom swept.

Jun 03, 2017 06:00 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I would ask the buyer.

Jun 03, 2017 05:43 AM
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

I have been on both sides of investment property. It depends. 

Jun 03, 2017 05:16 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

We recently had a similar situation Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®, . We looked at the property 2 ways and gave the Seller the option, Sold as is...the price is $X.  Then we had our contractors come in and give us bids on what we determined to be necesary to get a better price...The Seller elected to do the "fix up" which took a few weeks...and BINGO...first day on the market, multiple offers over asking...She is part of our loyal fan club now !

Jun 03, 2017 02:07 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

That would be between the buyer and seller

Jun 02, 2017 08:43 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Was involved in buying homes to tear down for new construction. I told sellers, take what you want & leave what you want. 

Jun 02, 2017 12:51 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Something they should negotiate with the buyer.

Jun 02, 2017 11:57 AM
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

What's in the contract is what needs to be done... 

Jun 15, 2018 06:45 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Depends on how bad it is.  Still good to have photos, but if the photos are awful..... 

Jun 05, 2017 07:32 AM