Keeping a home in good repair can pay significant dividends when it’s time to sell. Buyers often look for homes that require few repairs, and no one wants a deal to fall apart because the home inspector found an issue the buyers can’t stomach. A little prevention can spare you from the pain of watching a buyer walk away.
Here are some of the most important things you should consider repairing before selling your home:
Kitchen and Bathrooms
The kitchen and bathrooms of a home have the most mechanical systems, such as plumbing and electrical. That means they also have the highest likelihood of damage. Here are the components you should double-check:
Make sure the refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, and microwave are in good working order. Fix any leaks, and replace the coolant or freon in your fridge or freezer if necessary.
In both the kitchen and bathrooms, everything should be in good condition, free of water damage or rot. Cabinet doors and drawers should open and close smoothly. Fix loose hinges, oil or replace stuck drawer tracks, and replace broken knobs or handles. You can handle most of these tasks yourself, with a screwdriver and a trip to the hardware store.
If the cabinets are painted, make sure the paint isn’t chipped or peeling. If it is, sand them down and apply a fresh coat. Severely damaged cabinets may need to be replaced, a task that may require a contractor unless you’re skilled at home renovations.
Sinks and faucets
Water features should run leak-free, and all drains should operate free and clear. The overflow drain, which prevents overfilling a bathtub, should be in good working order. Hot and cold options should operate as marked on the faucets.
Bathtubs and showers.
Fixtures, such as the showerhead, should be fully operational, and drains should be free of clogs. If acrylic on a bathtub is peeling, you may need to resurface the tub or replace it. The exhaust vent, which removes the steam from the shower, should be fully operational. Any broken shower tiles should be replaced.
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (HVAC) should be in good working order, clean, and free of leaks. Your thermostat should operate properly. If you have any doubts, hire an HVAC technician to perform a tune-up and give you an assessment of your system’s condition.
Similarly, your water heater should be in good working order and not leak. All pipes should be insulated.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Your detectors should be in good working order, and less than ten years old. Test your detectors, and replace the batteries if needed.
Electrical panel and circuit breakers
Everything should meet current codes.
Some say this should be one of the top 3 items addressed. When a buyer walks into your home, they want to be able to picture living there. The paint colors you chose might not be what someone else likes. It’s important to have your home be a “blank slate” to a potential buyer. It is highly recommended that you paint the inside an off-white color. This allows the buyer to see the colors they have in mind more vividly.
A professional staging company knows exactly how to transform your home into a gorgeous space. There will be no clutter here, only perfectly placed pieces of furniture and home accents. When you use a staging service, it helps create a beautifully decorated home that encourages people to imagine themselves living there. The result? You’re likely to get a higher offer than you would without it in some areas of the country.
Landscape, driveway, roof, etc.
Don’t forget the outside of your home! This is the first impression for a potential buyer. Make sure your landscape has been given a facelift, consider adding landscape lighting, pressure washing the driveway, sidewalks, etc. Have someone come out and inspect your roof and replace any loose or missing shingles.
If you’re going to sell your home soon and need to make repairs before you list it. HouseAmp can help! By using our platform we can connect you with move-in-ready contractors to complete any necessary repairs and updates and real estate agents to help you get the best price for your home!