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Should I sell my house as is or fix it up?

It's tempting to "invest" a lot of money fixing up your house but the data shows that doing so is usually not the best financial decision.

Nearly every study published on the U.S. housing industry reveals that most home repairs and renovations deliver negative return on investment. This means that for every $1 you spend fixing up your house, you should not be surprised to see the value of your home increase by less than $1.

While there are some repairs that are important in order to avoid the buyer backing out, and other repairs that can provide a positive return if your cost of labor and material is significantly lower than other "retail" home sellers, we believe selling your house AS IS is the smart way to sell.

For more on this, we encourage you to read our guide Selling A House AS IS, for our list of the most cost effective ways to increase your home's value before you sell. Hint: it's things like landscaping, deep clean, and professional photographs which we provide for free when you use our Get Offers service.

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