Don't Sell Your Home Without Repairing These Things First
Selling a home is a big step for any homeowner. There are so many things to keep in mind when trying to get the best price for your home. Whether you are want to put your home on the market this spring or you are planning on selling later on down the road, there are some things that are a must for sellers to fix before they list their home.
Repair These Things Before Selling Your Home
Though there is no hard and fast rule for which repairs will bring the biggest return, there are general guidelines that can help you determine what’s worth fixing and what you can leave for the new homeowners. If you want to attract more buyers and get the best offer on your home, consider fixing up these elements of your home before you start showing it to potential buyers:
Paint ceilings and walls.
A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in creating a feeling of freshness in your home. Though there is a good chance that the buyer will eventually paint the walls a color that suits their personal tastes, you still want to show buyers your home in its best light. Get rid of any wallpaper or dated wood paneling, and paint your walls a neutral color like light tan or cream so as not to distract.
You should also give your ceiling a fresh coat of paint as well. If you have textured, “popcorn” ceilings, this is a no-go for many buyers. Older popcorn ceilings (pre-1979) can contain asbestos, and even if your home is newer, this type of ceiling can still turn buyers away from your home. Get rid of the popcorn ceilings, and call in professionals if your ceilings may contain asbestos.
Repair the flooring.
Pretty much every home buyer dreams of hardwood floors. However, you want to make sure that the look of your flooring is seamless if you want to wow potential homebuyers. Have your floors professionally resurfaced to repair any scratches or damage your flooring may have sustained overtime. If you have hardwood flooring underneath your carpet, have the carpeting removed and refinish the hardwood to up your resale value.
You don’t have to have expensive hardwood flooring to sell your home. However, your flooring does have to look nice to keep buyers interested. If you currently have carpet with plywood underneath, invest in new carpeting in a light tan color as neutral carpeting has the best resale value. Check any areas of your home that have ceramic tile flooring. Make sure that your clean or replace the grout and replace any cracked or damaged tiles.
Make improvements to your kitchen.
Have you ever heard the phrase, “the kitchen sells the house”? While this may not exactly be true, kitchen improvements do typically get home sellers close to 100% return. However, high-end kitchens don’t return as much as mid-range kitchens or minor kitchen repairs, so don’t spend too much money on remodeling the entire kitchen.
Appliances and cabinets are two of the most important things to fix when you’re planning to sell your home. If the cabinets are not in too bad of shape, you can resurface them rather than replacing. Also, add new hardware to update older cabinets without a complete remodel. When it comes to appliances, you don’t need to spend all of your money upgrading to the latest and greatest models. Just make sure that your appliances are in working order and not too outdated. (Extra points if they match!)
Spruce up your bathrooms.
Much like the kitchen, homeowners can often get back more than 100% return for money spend on bathroom updates. This in no way requires a complete remodel. Instead, make minor fixes that help improve the appearance of your bathroom. Putting up a fresh coat of paint and replacing old light fixtures and hardware can help update the room with a minimal investment.
Though replacing your flooring isn’t absolutely necessary, this can also help drastically improve the look and feel of the bathrooms in your home. If your flooring is a design from decades ago, choose a more modern flooring option to keep the bathroom from feeling too outdated. Also, be sure to replace any broken or cracked tiles to create a more seamless look.
Fix up your home’s roof and exterior.
If your home needs a new roof, you may have considered putting this off and allowing the new home owner to foot the bill. However, most home buyers will be turned off by a home that needs a roof replacement. If you can, just bite the bullet and replace the roof before you list your home. A brand new roof is a great selling point.
When it comes to other exterior areas, consider making the following minor fixes to improve your curb appeal:
- Patch any cement cracks in the driveway or sidewalks, and consider resurfacing your cement driveway.
- Plant flowers and other greenery in to make the entryway and backyard more appealing.
- Replace the doorknobs and locks. This is a small investment that can go a long way in improving the appearance of your home.
Though all of these repairs are important to the sale of your home, most home buyers will run for the hills if you do not have a working HVAC system in your house. Before you sell your home, make sure that your heating and cooling systems are working properly. Call us today for heater and AC repair or inspection: (800) 889-2085.