5 Ways You Can Accidentally Lower Your Home’s Resale Value

1. Not fixing obvious damage

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A real estate agent shows a home to a potential buyer. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

You may not see the stains, nicks, and scratches in your home, but you can bet buyers will. Fixing minor but obvious damage is a no-brainer and will make it easier to sell your house for top dollar, according to real estate website Trulia. Spending just a few hundred dollars touching up chipped paint, repairing leaky faucets, and removing carpet stains could mean the difference between a low-ball offer and a buyer coming in at full asking price.

“Your home has to look better on the day of the open house than it’s ever looked before,” Steve Clark, a Los Angeles real estate professional, told Consumer Reports. “If the back door is covered in scratch marks from the dog, you have to fix that.”

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