The decision to put your home up for sale is an important one. Real estate experts agree that doing a bit of maintenance and cleanup can help to get your property get more views and get sold faster. Some of these tasks can have an immediate effect on your home’s desirability and should be tackled first. Here are 5 repairs to make on your home before listing it for sale.
If you have a new roof put on your home, this feature is sure to be considered a huge benefit for a prospective buyer, who probably doesn’t want the expense of re-roofing in their near future. However, even small repairs to your roof will ensure that no leaks occur and that your roof appears to be in a well maintained condition. A reputable roofing contractor can do a thorough inspection of your roof and recommend needed repairs that will help to make your home a desirable property in the marketplace.
Homes that have a moist, unpleasant odor can be a turnoff to buyers looking at real estate for sale. Do a thorough inspection of all your plumbing and take note of any areas of moistness or odor. A reputable plumbing contractor can also do a thorough inspection and repair of any problem pipes under sinks or behind the toilet.
Take a close look at your foundation, both inside and outside, to find hairline cracks that could be allowing the entry of water and insects. A number of foundation crack fillers are available for do-it-yourselfers. Cracks larger than ½ inch or deeper than 3 inches should be handled by a professional foundation contractor.
Window, Screen, and Shutter Repairs
Take a walk around your home’s exterior taking note of broken windows, damaged screens and loose shutters. Then, do an interior inspection. Replace any windows that are not functioning and screens that do not fit tightly. Doing these repairs will improve the appearance of your home and will show that it has been properly maintained.
A broken, stained driveway makes a bad first impression for prospective buyers of your home. Even if the residence itself looks attractive, a poorly maintained driveway can make the property look old and uncared for. Take the time to patch, clean or re-surface your driveway to make your property look inviting and well maintained.
Achieving a fast sale at the price you want are the main goals of homeowners trying to sell their homes. If you make these essential repairs, you will improve your home’s appearance and have a better chance of attracting the right buyer.