“Ask the Home Staging Expert®” – Should We Update Our Fireplace Before Selling?


Dear Home Staging Expert,

My girlfriend and I were planning to put our townhouse on the market next week, but now she is insisting we update the fireplace with stone veneer.  This is something that will likely set us back a couple of weeks at least since I am not very handy and we would need to line up a contractor to install it. 

We’ve already done a lot of upgrades including new wood flooring throughout, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a new deck we added earlier this summer.  We just signed with an agent and she says our house will be listed on the higher-end for this neighborhood already due to the upgrades and additional 200 square feet.

Personally, I don’t think we need to do any more.  I haven’t seen any other nearby or recently sold listings with a stone surround.  I don’t think it’s something we need to do now or even have the time to do now.  We are planning to make a contingent offer on another house, so time really is of the essence.  What do you think?  

We Don’t Have the Time in Virginia

Dear WDHTT in Virginia,

Thank you for your question.  I’m going to agree with you on this one.  If your goal is to get your townhouse on the market as soon as possible and you have another house in mind, I would get it on the market immediately, if not sooner.

It sounds like you’ve already made a lot of updates, have done your homework, checked out your competition, and know where you stand in the marketplace.  If this were a case of ‘keeping up with the Jones’, my advice might be different.  But it’s not.  And if it’s not an update other listings already have and you’re trying to stay competitive, potential buyers won’t miss it.

Hope this helps and wishing you the best!

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