(Originally published on realtor.com)

If you've ever gotten ready to sell a home, you know that in order to fetch top dollar, you need to get your place in good shape. But that costs money—hiring contractors, painters, and other pros—so you might be wondering: Why not save some cash by tackling a few of these fix-its myself?


That's fine and good if you know what you're doing. But unless your DIY skills are fairly advanced, experts agree that this is one of the biggest mistakes a home seller can make. If you bungle the job, you might end up making things worse, and shelling out even more money down the road.


"You have to ask yourself: Is it likely to do more harm than good?" says Dan Bawden, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers.


To help you separate the tasks you can tackle from those best left to the pros, here are some DIYs to avoid when preparing to sell your home.


Drywall repair


If you have rooms that need a fresh coat of paint, go for it, says Bawden....

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