What to Repair Before You List Your Home
Thinking of selling your home? If so, congratulations!
When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the utmost importance to ensure that it shows in the best light. As you know, first impressions are everything.
Simply taking the time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast your home sells and at what price. Here are some recommended repairs and changes 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. And, if you are up for it, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure to repair any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat. Today’s buyers tend to prefer more neutral colors and freshly painted walls give your home a “newer” feel.
Since this is Arizona, tile flooring is quite popular. You may want to consider doing a deep clean yourself of hiring a professional to clean them. (We have a fantastic recommendation if you are interested!) Plus, re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new not only on your floors, but in your kitchen and bathrooms as well!
Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you will want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If any of your carpets are worn or stained, consider replacing them or having them professionally cleaned.
Refresh the landscaping
Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the inside. Your home’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see.
Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants or put out potted flowers, trim any bushes and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel. If you do have grass, make sure that it is neatly maintained.
Fix your fixtures
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An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. And, as you know, kitchens are one of the main things buyers consider when looking at homes.
Updating or painting cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the up-front investment in the long run.
Declutter and Stage
This one is a big one and just requires your time. By decluttering and making rooms look their best, you are helping your home sell more quickly. Potential buyers want to see themselves living in the home, so you want to present more of a blank canvas.
Be sure to pack away family photos, collectibles and any extra personal items to make your home as clutter-free as possible!
Need more tips or recommendations for vendors to help you with the repairs? We are happy to help. Simply give us a call or contact us!