20 Things Home Buyers Will Hate About Your House

As a home seller, you don't want to let the small — or big — fixes around your house that have added up over the years sabotage your bottom line during a resale.

Back view of happy family moving into new house admiring their house.
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Even several years post-pandemic, home sales are sluggish due to high mortgage rates and low inventory. The sale of existing homes slid 19% in 2023 from the prior year to 4.09 million, according to the National Association of Realtors. In 2023, the median home price hit $500,584 up almost 10% from $452,510 a year prior. Inventory is low and the competition is intense, although some first-time home buyers may have reached the limits of affordability. If you've been considering listing your property, now might be the time to take advantage.

However, don't let the small — or big — fixes around your house that have added up over the years sabotage your bottom line during a resale. Buyers and home inspectors will notice these maintenance issues during a walk-through, whether virtually or in-person. So now is the time to make these upgrades — repair a cracked window or mildewed caulk in the master bathroom — before they tour your property.

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Donna LeValley
Personal Finance Writer

Donna joined Kiplinger as a personal finance writer in 2023. She spent more than a decade as the contributing editor of J.K.Lasser's Your Income Tax Guide and edited state specific legal treatises at ALM Media. She has shared her expertise as a guest on Bloomberg, CNN, Fox, NPR, CNBC and many other media outlets around the nation.