Before putting your property on the market, it’s important to take a step back and imagine how buyers will feel when they tour it. Watch any HGTV show to see how savvy buyers have become! Unless you are listing a fixer-upper, and including Chip and Joanna, buyers are looking for as close to “move-in ready” as possible. They want to walk in and feel like the home has been well-maintained inside + out. This influences the ultimate SALES price!
But owners can make potential buyers feel confident in the property by making necessary home repairs before listing it. It may seem easier to just list it “as-is” and let the buyers deal with the repairs afterwards, but in a competitive market....they are likely to just pass on your home and go to the next house on the block that is already repaired, redesigned + staged!
BUT HAVE NO FEAR... there are some smaller, more common repairs that many that can be done swiftly + easily and add a lot of dollars to your selling price! Here’s a list of the most important home repairs to do before selling:
Must-Do Repair Checklist
Exterior Pavement and Driveway ─ Pressure-wash your pathways and driveway, then repair any cracks or stains. This will help improve your overall curb appeal and make buyers less nervous about the condition of the property. If they see things that appear in bad shape... they start imagining more problems they can't see!
Lawn and Landscaping ─ The lawn should be full and green while it’s on the market. Replace any bald patches in the grass and remove weeds. Trim the trees and replace any flowers that have seen better days with fresh ones or clean mulch.
Mailbox ─ Make sure the mailbox is in good condition and that the numbers on the side are fully visible. If it’s looking a little old or worn down, repaint it or replace it with a new one. Or add some chic updated house numbers!
Fence ─ If the fence is stained- repaint or re-stain it to its former glory. If it’s falling apart, replace the broken areas or consider switching the fence out entirely. Sometimes adding shrubbery works just as well and less expensive!
Front Door ─ The front door is vulnerable to the elements, so it’s likely to need a fresh coat of paint or stain - to get rid of the weathered look. Buyers have a lot of time to observe this area while they wait to be let in, so you want to make sure it makes a great first impression. (this goes for Condo's as well!)
Interior Walls ─ Repair any holes in the walls left behind by décor that was hanging or general wear and tear. It’s a good rule of thumb to put a fresh coat of paint on the entire house before listing it. Paint the walls in a nice, neutral color. Now is not the time to experiment with your colorful side!
Flooring ─ Different types of flooring require different maintenance. For carpet, give it a deep cleaning and if any stains are left over, consider replacing it altogether. Tile and wood floors should be steamed and polished.
Ceiling ─ If there are any stains left behind by old leaks, be sure to put a fresh coat of paint over them. Popcorn ceilings definitely date a home and are sadly-undesirable to most buyers, so it’s worth the investment to have it scraped off (generally around 3K- I know- but...updating that ceiling leads to at least an additional 5-7K).
Doors ─ Check all doors for any marks or damages and repaint or repair as needed. Make sure none of the doors stick or squeak when used. Doorknobs should be updated and in good condition- as should the door stoppers.
Caulking ─ It is common for the caulking around bathtubs, sinks, windows and baseboards to get damaged and stained over time. Purchase caulk from a local hardware store to easily update any areas that need to be freshened up. See below for a tip!!!
Baseboards + Light switches─ Some of the most overlooked features in a home are the baseboards, but they can have a surprisingly large effect on how your home shows. Fix any chips or damages in the baseboards, clean off any marks, and put a fresh coat on them to brighten them up. Same goes for light switches as well! CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN- actually Mr. Clean will be your new best friend! He removes a multitude of yuck + wear!
Easiest but could be the best and most beneficial for your time and happiness....