The best way to throw away money is to sell your house “as is”.
“As is” used to be code for a home that had maintenance or repair issues the seller had no intention of repairing or addressing. Seeing “as is” in the home remarks was also a carrot to any investor or buyer looking for a great deal. In exchange for making repairs, the buyer had the opportunity to make money and in turn equity.
When buyers walk into your home and they see clutter, dated furniture and smell pet odors they mentally deduct the value off your asking price. Buyers are not only comparing your home to resale properties in their price range but also to new homes. New homes that are shiny and lack the flaws of older homes. New homes that may be staged as model homes without the clutter of owners.
The best way to market your home is to present it as new not as is. Most existing homes have great features that new homes may not. More square footage, better floorplan, more mature landscaping. You get the idea.
A stinky dated home does not get top dollar! Don’t throw your equity (or next down payment) away. Show your home as new, not as is.