So, you’re thinking it’s time to sell your home.
You may treasure the stories behind all those nicks, scrapes, worn carpeting and the “mature” landscaping, but prospective buyers are thinking about making their own memories, not honoring yours.
When selling your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths fix possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells and for how much.
Here are four recommended repairs to make before selling your home.
Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up. If you are up and can do a good job, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat. Don’t forget the outside, too. Weathered and worn siding and trim is among the first things buyers touring your home will see.
If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them if a thorough cleaning won’t suffice. Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new.
Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.
Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment.
All of that can sound like too much trouble or perhaps you just don’t have the funds available to hire the work done. If that is the case, offering buyers allowances so they can put their own personal touch on can be an attractive option.